Dubinsky Still Dinged Up

According to Peter Botte of the Daily News, Brandon Dubinsky was seen walking around on crutches following an optional practice yesterday in Greenburgh. Although Torts hasn’t given any updates on Dubisnky’s status, he was not at this morning’s skate either.

Dubinsky apparently suffered a lower-body injury when he was hit by Ottawa’s Zack Smith in Thursday’s Game 7 victory. Again, although nothing is being confirmed about his injury, reports seem to indicate that he will likely miss more than tonight’s game against Washington.

Although Dubinsky has underwhelmed offensively so far in the postseason, he has been a vital member to the team defensively. He’s been solid on faceoffs (50%), he’s played key minutes on the penalty kill, and he’s been strong on the forecheck.

Prior to his injury I thought Dubi played his best game of the postseason in last Thursday’s victory. His hit in the defensive zone during the second period caused the turnover that eventually led to the game winning goal, which he also assisted. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Dubinsky. He will be counted on to play an important role for this team as the postseason progresses.

***Side note – While we certainly understand many people have such strong negative emotions for Dubinsky, several of our readers have brought up that they are sick of a select few who come on to this site and trash Dubi and his supporters. With this in mind, we will kindly warn you all to keep things civil and be respectful of each other’s opinions.

18 Responses to “Dubinsky Still Dinged Up”

  1. Pasquale says:

    DUBI is having a poor year, better and needed in the playoffs. His salary was deserved … he is off, so are others we have on our team too…

    he helps in other ways for now and we need him.

  2. Chris F says:

    Get well soon, Doobs!

    The team needs his energy, physicality, defensive awareness and face-off abilities.

    While Dubinsky had a year that left a sour taste in all our mouths, even his most ardent supporters, I still think he can play an integral role in a deep playoff run.

  3. ranger17 says:

    PP i would like to see
    Hags Step Kreids BR McD
    Cally Gabby Br Step MDZ

  4. ranger17 says:

    yes why not its crunch time

  5. xnyker says:

    One of my favorite rangers, will be a treat to see him play against Richards again.

  6. Ray says:

    Dubi was a beast along the boards last year. Scoring goals is not easy so I can look beyond that, but you can still be a beast along the boards and he has not been.

  7. evan says:

    Tell me what am i supposed to judge Dubinsky on? He has not been just dreadful this year, he has been atrocious. We clearly have young players in our system who are faster and smarter players. Kreider has already impacted the rangers more in 2 weeks than dubi has in 8 months.

    Dubi is making 4.2 million in a cap league. And as of now he is not breaking our top 2 lines next year. Boyle does Dubi’s job for less than half the price. Lets stop being apologists for him and judge him based on performances. Not because you have a soft spot for him.

    • Walt says:

      At first I thought I was reading a Bobby Tux posting!

      The man is valuable, even if he isn’t scoring. The Caps are loaded with snipers, and the more defensive players will play greater roles in this series than one might think!!! Dubi does a very good job in that capacity.

    • The Suit says:

      Evan you can get your point across without calling us apologists or incorrectly stating we have a spot for him. Smarten up.

    • Bobby G says:

      I agree to an extent. His 4.2 mil cap hit isn’t worth it in the long run if he’s going to play on the third line.

      However, he is on the team as of right now and the rangers are better when he is in the lineup.

  8. Rich a says:

    Because he has one bad season, scoring wise, we should toss him away? Look at Gabby last year.
    Geez, new meaning to ,”What have you done for me lately?”

    • evan says:

      Do you honestly believe he is going to be a top 6 forward over Gaborik, Haggy, Richards, Callahan, Kreider and Stepan? That is how I am valuing him. Last year he was leading scorer on an awful team. Gaborik was clearly hurt last year so your comparison to Gaborik has no bearing on this argument.

      It is a matter of valuing our team needs and what they bring to the table. If moving Dubi’s cap hit to get a more proven scorer is something we have to do in the future, then so be it.

      Explain to me how he can be this awful for 90 games. A slump is a month or two, not an entire season when you are about to enter the prime of your career.

  9. Steve D says:

    If you rate his performance based on $$ paid, he has to show up towards the bottom of the list.

    But, putting $$ aside, I do believe he is integral to the PK, and the strong forecheck and will be needed to win. You cannot teach the defensive side of Tort’s system to the average guy coming up from CT. Kreider aside who is a rare talent in my mind, most guys coming up will not do well with Tort’s forechecking game plan.

  10. Wwc says:

    Should dubi continue, let him resign in 1 yr for 1.5 million. He’s playing like a third line player at best. Have higher expectations hes a beast along the walls and he hts more. Hold him accountable to it. He will either reearn a higher contract, settle into that role, or be forced out by the competition thats coming.

  11. kerry says:

    Dubi is def having an off year in terms of scoring, but I just always feel that if you’re a blue-blooded Ranger fan you have to acknowledge his value to the team (salary cap notwithstanding!). Dubi’s a two-way player who shows such tremendous heart and lays it all out there for us in every minute of his ice time. His defense, puck sense and face-off abilities have helped the Rangers and can be considered intangibles that don’t make it into the stats. I understand the frustration with his scoring slump this season, but I personally love the guy, and to me, he’s a quintessential Ranger. I hope he stays for a good long time.

  12. ranger17 says:

    I do think we keep Dubie next year until at least the trade dead line would be great 3rd or 4th line center and PK .
    Gabby BR Parise
    Kreider Stepan Hags
    AA Boyle Prust
    Dubie XXX XXX
    could also put Dubie with Boyle and Prust and use AA for 4th line with XXX XXX