Brandon Dubinsky hasn’t played since game 7 of the Senators series and right now his presence would be useful. He is still in a walking boot according to the Rangers beat writers, but I can’t help but wonder how much Dubinsky would help this team right now. I know a lot of people are still down on Dubinsky, but you have to look past his contract and statistics.
Dubinsky is one of the Rangers best penalty killers and defensive centers. With that said, the only current defensive purposes center the Rangers have right now is Brian Boyle. Last night Boyle took a slashing penalty, and Derek Stepan had to go play penalty kill which isn’t something that he is particularly good at.
Not to mention the Rangers have to play the Richards line against either the Kovalchuk or Elias line because Brian Boyle’s line is the only one that can play good defense against those top lines. Tortorella is forced to use top line against top line in that situation because Brandon Dubinsky isn’t centering his own line out there.
Yes it’s tough to say Dubinsky isn’t missed because he isn’t producing offensively, but I think if he were healthy he’d be inserted in the lineup right away. Even though he’s making 4x the money he’s still better than John Mitchell as much as some Dubinsky haters wouldn’t like to believe it. You can even throw Mike Rupp in there too.