Dubinsky: Not ruling anything out (including tomorrow) (UPDATED)

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Brandon Dubinsky said he felt good after his first skate, and it was a hard skate, and said he’s not ruling out anything as far as when he might come back. John Tortorella said he’s been cleared to play, and they just have to see how he feels tomorrow, and that he’s not ruled out for the game against the Penguins.

News: Marc Staal went off the ice early, after either being hit by a shot or twisting something apparently, or perhaps with a skate issue. It didn’t look serious. Tortorella said he’s fine, and that he didn’t even know that he went off early, and that he would have been told if he was hurt.

Ryan Callahan will play tomorrow. Erik Christensen said he’s day by day, won’t play tomorrow, and has a date in mind, though he wouldn’t say what that date is.

Tortorella also said that Vinny Prospal is ready to return, but that he wants Prospal to have two more practices for conditioning purposes, and so the target for his return is Thursday vs. the Devils.

Dan Girardi will also play tomorrow. He said he’s 100 percent. Tortorella isn’t sure if Michael Del Zotto will play, and if so, who comes out … but added he liked some of the things Del Zotto provided on the power play before the break.

“Too many bodies for practice,” Tortorella said, adding that the “Orange Line” of Duhinsky-Prospal-Christensen was the best line in practice.

“It’s good to get the guys on the ice. I’m not sure who can play, who can’t yet, but obviously when you have that many bodies, they’re getting close.”

On what it means to get Callahan back:

“Everything. He does everything for us. He’s one of our leaders. I wasn’t sure, and I give our team a lot of credit — when we lost him, that’s when I worried about where the team was going to go. And I give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there and finding a way. Cally’s that important, so it will be good to have him back in the room first of all, and then on the ice.”

I’ll be back much later with quotes from Tortorella, Callahan, Dubinsky, Christensen. For now, gotta scoot.

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  1. I keep thinking back to how Dubi said “If it were the playoffs, I’d be playing…this is just precautionary”

    So maybe the rest has done him wonders. Who knows?

    But if the Rangers can get Dubi back around the same time we get Cally back…that’s fantastic news.

    And if Prospal can somehow, someway, contribute…all the better.

    Drury slips further and further down the depth chart…

  2. do people really think Drury is not trying? Yea like a 32 year old pro wants to embarass himself because all he cares about is the money!!!!!

    really enough with the venom…

    ranger fans always have to have a whipping boy else they are not satisfied; recent history it has been in no order; malik, roszival, redden, drury, zherdev, kaminsky, etc.

    this is the most likeable team in forever let it rest, drury is on the 4th line……….

  3. 4generations 4 cups on

    Really? Dubinsky and Callahan back on the same night possibly? Prospal is actually feeling well enough to play this season? Things are starting to sound dangerous in New York City, this team is fierce and fiery without big names in its lineup, and with more firepower and grinding should come some seriously good times for the next 30 games.

  4. GOALS for GAB-orik- Keep reading Prust!! on

    So when Dubi/Cally/Prospal/and Foot in mouth come back… who sits? I imagine all the callups go back… Grachev/MDZ/Weise/Dupont/Kolarik

  5. GOALS for GAB-orik- Keep reading Prust!! on

    Though at this point I imagine Prospal is one hit away from being done for the year. His knee will hold up??

  6. I think last I read is that Crosby definitely WON’T be back for tomorrow’s game.

    I’m eager to see just how this team comes out to start the 30 year sprint to the playoffs. With Cally and maybe Dubi coming back, with the rest of the team finally having enjoyed a few days off, and with the chance to REALLY make this season something special…

    Well, I’m just hopin’ to see the Rangers take it to the Pens and Devils hard these next two games. Start sending a statement that the Rangers are for real and are not gonna be fun to play in the playoffs.

  7. onecupin71yearsandcounting on

    maybe prospal will druried in practice and be sidelined for good..I know it’s a nasty thing to say but inevitable….I’d set sail with the rookies,, they’re fine.

  8. stuart

    what is the point of trying if you always fail?

    and that is one “likable” list of players you mentioned…looking at the list, its hard to understand why those players were whipping boys of NYR fans

    {sarcasm}

  9. “…do people really think Drury is not trying? Yea like a 32 year old pro wants to embarass himself because all he cares about is the money!!!!! …”

    Yes – he is trying. And he is still not getting it done.

    “…this is the most likeable team in forever let it rest, drury is on the 4th line……….”

    He is barely on the 4th line – based on true depth.

    No venom – just observation.

  10. onecupin71yearsandcounting on

    Jay- You can bet that Cindy will be in the ref’s ears all night long every time someone comes close.

  11. Going to the 1st one all yr. after 20yrs of season tix, moved away loved watching this team from afar, who woulda thunk we would ever lead the league in hits? The NYR? wow Is Malkin playing tomorrow?

  12. Blue Seat Horror on

    Stuart, you forgot Poti! And most of those guys kind of earned a little venom.

    Drury is trying like hell…to sell those delicious pizzas.

    Seriously, I think the mind is willing, but the wheels are flat. I’d love it if he finds a little more clutch jam.

  13. Hyperventilating ………..

    I can’t wait to have Dubes back. I am glad Dr. Prust healed him. I wonder how Prust got that new bone for Dubes’ leg?

  14. Blue Seat Horror on

    The bad thing about no Malkin and no Crosby is that it means there may be a few fourth liners in the Pens line-up trying to get that first NHL goal or first goal of the season that the Rangers like to help players out with.

  15. Ohhhhhhh baby…getting healthy. It will be interesting to see what the lineup looks like. HOME STRETCH BOYS AND GIRLS!

    <— STOKED!

  16. 4 forwards returning to the lineup. which 3 leave the lineup?
    lets start with what seems to be the easy ones. no Grachev, and Newbury.
    the real hard one, which to me is Drury. it is hard because of who he has been in the past, and the fact that he is the captain.
    Wolski, Stepan, and Gabby.
    Dubi, AA, and Cally.
    Zucarello, Boyle, and Prust.
    Prospal, Christensen, and Avery.
    Avery could be in trouble when Fedotenko returns. then again, that is assuming nobody gets hurt.

  17. These are the lines I would use for Thursday (assuming Dubinsky is ready to go)

    Wolski-Anisimov-Gaborik
    Dubinsky-Stepan-Zuccarello
    Prust-Boyle-Callahan
    Avery-Drury-Prospal

  18. MickeyM needs a new phone on

    Afternoon gang!

    Cally definitely in. Dubi practicing and quite possibly in. EC and Vinny almost set to go. Best day of news for this team in a few weeks. I’m SO pumped to see what this team looks like fully healthy.

  19. ““Everything. He does everything for us. He’s one of our leaders. I wasn’t sure, and I give our team a lot of credit—when we lost him, that’s when I worried about where the team was going to go. And I give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there and finding a way. Cally’s that important, so it will be good to have him back in the room first of all, and then on the ice.””

    Way to help the negotiations!

  20. One thing about Torts – if he has a player that is healthy enough to play he isn’t going to “ease” them into the lineup. Prospal is one of his preferred guys, our 2nd leading scorer from last year, and the only consistent line mate Gaby’s had in his 2 years here. Don’t be surprised to atleast see him start a game with Gaby with perhaps Stepan in between.

    ps- I’m all for reuniting the Dubinsky-AA-Callahan line.

  21. They should make him and Drury switch salaries, and letters.

    I thought you’d like that news, Sally!

    Atta boy, Tony! (note the new exclamation point).

  22. just to add something on Drury- it would be “controversial” to an extent because he is the captain and he is making 7 mill for the year but don’t be surprised to see Torts scratch Drury. It’s his job as coach to put the best team possible on the ice and something tells me he’s prepared to do that.

  23. I’m not so sure about Dubinsky…What’s the rush? It’s barely been two weeks since they diagnosed him with stress fracture. They should give him at least 3, if not 4, weeks of rest.

  24. MickeyM needs a new phone on

    OMG, today just got even better. Not only with the team’s news, but getting sent home early because of the weather and now, the best news of all: My friends’ son, the one born premature, is now HOME with his parents. This is unexpected, but he progressed so well that he was deemed able to be released from NICU late last week. I’m so ridiculously happy right now it’s not even funny.

  25. oleo,
    I know everybody loves Zucarello, but in no way shape or form is he going to be the number 2 right wing over Cally.

  26. ilb,
    they are not that comfortable with there playoff spot that they can hold healthy guys out a little longer. if he can go, he should.

  27. MickeyM needs a new phone on

    ilb it’s fantastic news, imo :) And I never doubted them, just as I never doubt a cardiologist for personal reasons.

  28. Chris Drury retiring or being traded would enable the Rangers to not only afford to sign Brad Richards but sign a defenseman capable of being a PP QB. This is a possible scenario I would love to see for next season (assuming of course all of Drury’s salary is moved).

    FORWARDS
    Wojtek Wolski ($3.800m) / Brad Richards ($7.400m) / Marian Gaborik ($7.500m)
    Brandon Dubinsky ($3.900m) / Derek Stepan ($0.875m) / Mats Zuccarello-Aasen ($1.750m)
    Brandon Prust ($0.800m) / Artem Anisimov ($1.400m) / Ryan Callahan ($3.800m)
    Sean Avery ($1.937m) / Brian Boyle ($1.200m) / Derek Boogaard ($1.625m)
    Kris Newbury ($0.512m)

    DEFENSEMEN
    Marc Staal ($3.975m) / Daniel Girardi ($3.325m)
    Ryan McDonagh ($1.300m) / James Wisniewski ($4.500m)
    Michael Del Zotto ($1.087m) / Michael Sauer ($1.000m)
    Matt Gilroy ($1.200m)

    GOALTENDERS
    Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875m) /Martin Biron ($0.875m)

    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
    SALARY CAP: $61,500,000; CAP PAYROLL: $60,637,500; BONUSES: $1,487,500
    CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $862,500

  29. oleo, there are a few problems with your hypothetical:

    1) Brian Boyle ($1.200m): he’s leading the team in goals, no way does he come in for only a 700k raise, nor is there any way he is paid less than Anisimov.

    2) Matt Gilroy’s minimum qualifying offer is 2.3 million.

    3) Drury has no incentive to retire or to accept a trade.

    4) You left out Erik Christensen’s 925k salary which would put the Rangers over the cap.

  30. Doodie

    1) Brian Boyle only has 9 assists to go along his 18 goals. That large of a discrepancy usually means the goals will come down. Not to mention Boyle has no leverage as an RFA and Sather has always been stingy when it comes to giving RFAs money

    2) Look it up, Matt Gilroy only has to be qualified at 100% since his salary is over 1 million which would be 1.75 mil. I do not expect him to be qualified anyway and he will either be resigned at a lower cost or they will simply let him go in FA

    3) You or I have no idea what is going on in Drury’s head so let’s not pretend to

    4) It would put them into the bonus cushion not over the cap. In my theoretical roster, the Rangers could add 2.35 mil but I did not include Christensen b/c I expect him to be traded before the start of next season. If not obviously they wouldn’t carry Newbury too.

  31. 1) Boyle has arbitration rights this year. he will compare himself to other players that have signed contracts after scoring 20 goals. HINT: they all make more than 1.2 million.
    2) You’re right about Gilroy.
    3) How about just looking at the facts: He can retire and get nothing, or play for sure on the Rangers (via his NMC) and get 7 million dollars. It’s a buyout or he’s here next season.
    4) Going into the bonus cushion wouldn’t make sense for the team since there are several young players under contract that would be due raises the following season when the team would in essence have less cap space to resign them for going into the bonus.
    5) You also ignore that under no conditions are you allowed to exceed 10% of the salary cap during the summer, which the team would under your hypothetical since Redden’s 6.5 million would be on the books in addition to Christensen’s 925k. And don’t think they can just magically trade him. We got the guy on waivers after he was gotten on waivers from another team. His value isn’t exactly astronomical. This is again all ignoring that Boyle and Gilroy will make more than 1.2 million.

    It’s not happening.

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