Drury had been a near-zero some nights, and Dubinsky maybe a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1-10 so far. … and yet now we will see how much they mean to the Rangers. We will also see how thin this roster actually is. And we’ve had an idea of that right from the start of the season, because some nights they barely have 20 bodies to put in uniforms.
Can they recall a Grachev and a Parenteau? Yeah, sure they can. But can they count on those guys to play serious minutes at this level, or will that just mean more minutes for Voros, Boyle and Brashear (if he ever plays again)?
The one potential positive is that Anisimov should get more playing time, and he has deserved more so far.
Drury’s probably going to be a while. Concussions are a nasty thing, and they get more severe with each one, and each one makes the next one more likely, or cause by a lesser collision. We know that from many experiences here with LaFontaine, Richter, Beukeboom and Lindros. Drury’s had some (upper body) concussions. This will be tricky.
Dubinsky, we don’t know what he has, but we know it’s his (upper body) hand or arm. And Tortorella seems to think he will be out for some length of time, too.
As for retribution … I don’t think it would have proven much, but you still have to stick up for a teammate—especially your captain, for God’s sake—in a situation like that. It’s hockey, for crying out loud. Somebody brashears your captain and you let it slide in a November game in Calgary because the two points are too important? Not. Not.
And then you make it worse by not getting the two points? Or one? Sorry. You have to act there.
As for a suspension, well, that does the Rangers no good whatsoever. If they suspend the guy one game, it’s not enough. If they suspend him 15 (they won’t), so what?
And I’ve been saying this for years: The NHL has to make hits to the head illegal, whether they are delivered with the elbow, forearm, shoulder, whatever. Clear-cut. And suspensions need to follow, especially in the cases where there is no injury. If you let the lucky ones off the hook because nobody got hurt, then you’re just begging for somebody to get hurt.
I’m off for two more football games. With the Yankees out of the way, my week looks light until Friday. Hopefully I’ll get to spend some time with your favorite hockey club. What’s left of it.