Sounds like Brandon Dubinsky may not return from a broken hand tonight against Atlanta.
The question remains, when he does return, where does he fit and how does the lineup get juggled?
I’m sure it would depend on how game-ready he looks in practice — his conditioning, his ability to handle and shoot the puck with whatever protection he’ll have to wear under his glove, his rustiness, etc.
In my opinion, though, once he’s game-ready I’d want to see him get another shot with Gaborik, either with Prospal or (as NYRGuy suggested yesterday) with Avery on the other side. The other possibility, on a team so desperate for production, is that he centers Avery and Callahan, in Chris Drury’s spot.
Whatever it is, it’s crucial Dubinsky comes back better than he was before he left, because the Rangers really need a contributor. Need one very badly, in this very busy and important week and in the crucial weeks in the immediate future.
Phoenix GM Don Maloney is on NHL Live with the commish today.
I’ll see youse later.