There was once a time when Brandon Dubinsky was up there with being my favorite Rangers player. When he first came up with the team, he was young, tenacious, and determined to make an impact on the game every night. That’s something we’re not seeing enough of nowadays out of this Rangers team.
Then there was his rookie season in 07-08. Dubi really showed potential and by the time the playoffs rolled around it was him, and not our big free agent centers we acquired the previous summer (Chris Drury and Scott Gomez) that was centering Jagr and Straka. I remember thinking how typical it would be for the Rangers to sign two centers to basically retirement contracts, only two have this young and up and coming kid take the spot on the first line.
Then the next few seasons rolled around. Players like Staal, Callahan, and Dubinsky helped keep the team afloat and fighting for the playoffs in the Post-Jagr era. Oh and I probably shouldn’t forget to add Henrik Lundqvist to that also. If not for him, we’re looking at lottery picks in 09′, 10′, and 11′.
Where did it all go wrong for Dubi? Well I think his scoring drought that occurred at the end of 2011 carried into the next season and basically it was all downhill from there. The rest of Dubinsky’s game was fine, and he was still solid in terms of puck possession. The problem was he was being paid to score and he simply couldn’t do it. If he wasn’t on his third contract the Rangers probably stick with him. It’s sad, but that’s the reality.
Let’s look back at some of Dubi’s better moments:
Dubi’s game winner against the Caps in the 09′ playoffs.
Dubi’s game winner against the Caps in the 11′ playoffs.
The Dubinsky-Callahan connection against the Penguins.
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