Feb. 5, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Brandon Dubinsky (17) handles the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Last Chance For Dubinsky To Redeem Himself?

The Rangers are playing with a depleted lineup right now and everyone not injured has to step up to the plate. One person who has contributed extremely little offensively this year is everyone’s favorite person to blame, Brandon Dubinsky. I can’t defend his offensive production anymore. The guy has a whopping 7 goals on the season. I mean the only person off the top of my head that has a bigger cap hit than him and has less goals is Scott Gomez. Dubinsky is coming close to stooping to the level that is Scott Gomez.

Artem Anisimov is injured, and judging from the looks of Andrew Gross’ and Steve Zipay’s tweets, the injury looks bad. This is Dubinsky’s big chance to get back into the top six and make an impact. He doesn’t have to play like Gretzky out there, but he does have to make a significant stride in play and production. In a non salary cap world him not playing to his salary wouldn’t exactly kill the team, but right now it is. For his cap hit the Rangers could have two players who can both put up better numbers than him.

Carl Hagelin has already solidified his role on that top line, and pretty much his role on this team, and Chris Kreider is right around the corner. Dubinsky’s getting to the point where he can easily be replaced by someone the Rangers have in the system or via free agent signing. If Brandon Dubinsky doesn’t turn it around, the Rangers this offseason might seriously consider shipping him out of town. Who wouldn’t want to take a chance on young player at his lowest value not playing to his potential?

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Tags: Artem Anisimov Brandon Dubinsky Carl Hagelin Chris Kreider

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