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Kolarik, Dupont Recalled; Fedotenko Injured

Last night, MSG announced during the Rangers 7-0 drubbing of the Leafs that Chad Kolarik had been called up to replace the injured Brandon Dubinsky. Kolarik has 13 goals and 23 points in 26 games since being acquired for Dane Byers earlier in the season. Kolarik, 24, was a 7th round pick in 2004, and has played in just two NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

During last night’s game, Ruslan Fedotenko took a hit from Mike Komisarek and suffered a sprained shoulder. He will be out 2-4 weeks. The Rangers recalled Brodie Dupont to replace Fedotenko. Dupont, 23, was a 3rd round pick by the Rangers in 2005, and has been in the Rangers system for the past three seasons. This year, DUpont has eight goals, 20 points, and 54 PIMs in 40 games. Dupont generally averages 40 points per season with 100+ PIMs.

Kolarik has an offensive touch to his game, which will be needed with Dubinsky, the Rangers leading scorer, out for a while. Dupont fits more of the bottom-six forward mold, with added toughness. With Dale Weise, Kris Newbury, and Mats Zuccarello-Aasen already on the roster, the Rangers now have five forwards who started the season in Hartford on the roster. All those years of minimal injuries have caught up with the Rangers. Consider this to be regression to the injury mean.

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  • I realize that last night’s game isn’t a great game to base player performance on but I have become very impressed with the play of Ryan McDonagh. This kid just seems to be poised and so smart with the puck and doesn’t get knocked off his feet at all (kind of how Eminger does). That is not meant as a knock on Eminger it’s just that watching McD over the past 5 games or so I have become very excited about his potential and the D unit as a whole.

  • Brian, Eminger, while playing admirably this year (no expected this level) is not the future and as you note, its RMcD. He looks poised (after his nervous first game) and is growing in every game. Getting a ton of ice time, even in a blow out like last night will do him the world of good.

    The injury bug is unreal Jordan but they can cope. There’s still plenty of talent there, I’ve got a post on it later today.

    I like Dupont’s potential even if he hasn’t realised it. This may be his only chance to get to NY and make enough noise to keep him in the minds of the coaches. I hope he takes it. Big, nasty and has a scorers touch; there’s a lot to like in theory.

    • Agreed. MZA and Wolski have been excellent and McDonagh has made forgetting about Roszival much easier.

      The only thing I’m worried about is half the team hitting the wall come the home stretch into the playoffs.

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