Feb. 5, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Dubinsky Where Art Though?

Maybe I’m a little upset over last night’s game against the Penguins as I write this but the fact remains Brandon Dubinsky is not performing. He’s not providing enough and that is part of the reason that the Rangers have struggled this season. Dubinsky has six, no that’s not a typo, six goals on the season. That’s a far cry from what’s expected of him. It doesn’t take long to realize why he’s struggling either.

This year he’s on pace for 143 shots. Last year he took 200 shots and scored the most goals of his career. Coincidence? 143 shots by the way would be the lowest shot total of his career in a season. He’s also not a 6% shooter either, but the more shots you take the more shots you make.

So really it’s wonder why he’s been coming up in trade rumors recently. Follow after the jump for more.

Dubinsky is having a horrific season to put it nicely. I’m sure anyone is ready to pull the switch on him and trade him away because he is holding the Rangers back a bit. It’s scary to think the Rangers could be better if Dubinsky was playing up to his skill level though.

If I was Dubinsky I think I’d try to play out of my mind so I don’t end up in Columbus. It would be pretty bad to go from the best team in the league to the worst team. I’m not saying he isn’t trying, but he certainly doesn’t look like himself  out there.

Speaking of Brandon Dubinsky being himself I had to remind myself what that even looks like. So I went on YouTube and looked up some old games from 2007-2010 and that’s Brandon Dubinsky Rangers fans are used to. I don’t know what happened to that “Dubinsky”. He was always playing hard defensively, winning those one on one battles, and setting up guys like Jagr and Straka for goals.

If Dubinsky is not traded I’m going to bet that next year he comes back better than before. He’ll be scoring and providing the second tier scoring as he’s expected too. But that doesn’t matter right now. The Rangers need to find a way to get the most out of Brandon Dubinsky because if they’re going to make a run in the postseason they’re going to need him to perform.

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