Doobie, Doobie, Dooooo … and some chemistry
I figured that was an appropriate title after tonight’s second to last pre-season game against the Caps.
I liked what I saw from Dubinsky, period. Hard on the puck, looking for opportunites, finishing all of his checks, and playing and looking a little bigger than last season.
I’m glad now that the dust has settled and with him resigned, players and coaches have cleared the air (as I’m sure they have), Doobie can be a force for the Rangers this season. (And i think he secured another try on a line with Gaborik and Higgins).
Speaking of which, Gabby looked great. And what an amazingly quick release he has. I for one had always knew he was an elite player with quick hands, but he really made Jose Threeormore look like a a pee wee goalie there. And as Dave Maloney said during the game, he couldn’t even get set before Gabby had put the puck through the five hole. Thing of beauty.
Higgins on this line looked pretty solid as well. I loved his net presence and desire to get banged and pushed around to pick up those garbage goals like on the game winner.
And of course Brashear. Well two fights in one night, what can you say? I was against signing him from the beginning, hated it when it happend, but he will serve his purpose and will definitely put in a few more goals than Orr ever would have. Brash you either gonna beat people to a pulp and we’ll love ya for it, or take too many penalties and get booed. WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY!!
Other honorable mentions are Gilroy (impressing me more every game) Redden (I know, i know don’t yell at me!) but he did play somewhat tougher tonight than I saw of him all last year, Del Zotto and Kotalik (I think those two were made to work together on the power play), Cally, hitting people all night long and of course, King Henrik being, well, King Henrik!
So after a satisfying (albeit pre-season) win over the Crapitals (did I spell that wrong?) I’m starting to see who I think will mesh with whom. But of course I’m sure there will be one or two more players either cut or sent down before the start of the season in Pittsburgh.
So here are my picks of who I think is on the bubble, and their chances of sticking with the big club. Let me know what you all think and we’ll see who is right come opening night next week.
Grachev: 50/50 could go either way but I’m leaning toward him going to Hartford to get some consistent minutes then be the first call up.
Voros: 90/10 I’m hoping we saw the last of him tonight but it’s a toss up (do they waste Grachev with 4th line minutes, or give it to Voros for one year and let him get beat up with his stone hands every night?). Didn’t he take balance training over the summer? Still looks wobbly on his skates, and still can’t shoot the puck.
Del Zotto: 80/20 I think they give him the 9 games to see how he does on the PP then decide if he stays or goes down.
Anisimov: 99/1: 4th line, 3rd line, 2nd line, anywhere. Gives you all sorts of options and a scoring threat wherever you put him on top of always backchecking and trying to break up plays.
Semenov: 70/30 veteran presence, solid and tuff, Pleasantly suprised by him.
Thanks again Carp for letting me post. Your blog is THE best in town, and don’t ever let anyone tell you different.
LET”S GO RANGERS!