As we come away from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, we’ve received news that New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett has been cleared from his injury, suffered on January third against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has taken part in contact drills during practice, head coach Alain Vigneault has acknowledged that Dorsett is ready to go but has not yet decided whether he will play on Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the Chicago Blackhawks.
I’ve said for quite some time that one of the Rangers’ biggest issues was their lack of toughness and the team needed guys who would stand up for their superstars and drop the gloves when needed. Someone in the Rangers’ brass agreed with me,which is obviously what lead to the acquisition of Dan Carcillo, and Carcillo has been a good pick up from the very first game. However, what I have stressed is that Carcillo cannot do it all on his own, he needs a partner and that guy is Dorsett. Think, in a weird sort of way of the Bash Brothers from the Mighty Ducks trilogy, they were the “enforcers” of the team, but contributed when it was asked of them. This is what I’m looking for from Carcillo and Dorsett, of course just to a lesser extreme. The two of them can protect the team, and contribute to the line up offensively. What Dorsett adds more than anything is grit, hustle, and most important pride, which is precisely what the Rangers fourth line has proven to be all about.
If it was my decision, I would use Dorsett instead of Brian Boyle who I think has had a good season, but he and Dorsett play similar games except Dorsett will fight and stand up for his teammates, which Boyle has never been capable of doing.