Thread: Larry Brooks: Move Dubinsky to center with Gaborik
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01-18-2011, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post

Gaborik has to help himself. He is not shooting the puck. He is not hunting down loose pucks. When Gaborik does have an excellent scoring chance,he can't finish. Dubinsky and Gaborik didn't click last season. Why would they click this season? Dubinsky centered Jagr because Jammy Jagr had zero chemistry with Gomez and Drury. It's not like Jagr flourished playing with Dubinsky. After Nylander left,Dubinsky became Jagr's center by default. Dubinsky is better on the wing than at center. Uncle Larry wrote Jagr would thrive playing with Gomez. They were a terrible match. Gomez wanted to go while Jagr preferred Nylander's slow it down approach. Fast break and take the shot before 10 seconds was left on the shot clock versus run the half court offense and run a play with 8 seconds left. Gaborik clicked playing with Prospal but Vinny may never play another NHL game again.

You can make the same argument about half the other teams in playoff position in the east. Boston.Montreal.Atlanta and TB. Carolina is 7-2-2 in their last 11 and they are still 3 points out of 8th. They have games in hand on the teams above them but they need to win those games. They got blown out in one of the games in hand yesterday. Cam Ward has some kind of an injury suffered in the Ranger game two weeks ago. Back injury? Ward was pulled yesterday. Justin Peters has started some games since Ward got banged up.

Absolutely. Too many excuses about needing "a number 1 center to pass him the puck." Same thing when Jagr was here and Gomez wasn't good enough for his greatness. So everyone points the finger at Gomez. It's time for some of these so called "super stars" to look in the mirror and adjust to what (or actually who) they have around them. For instance, if he cannot score because Stepan is centering his line, maybe the problem is Gaborik, and not vice versa.
He might need to be on a line with guys who could help create more space for him (after all, he did score goals in Minnesota with Voros playing LW).
Essentially, that's what it comes down too. Zuccarello, Stepan, and Dubinsky all, are more than capable of passing the puck. The problem is execution. So it may not matter if one of Brad Richards, Niklas Backstrom, Joe Thorton, H. Sedin..etc is brought in . Gaborik needs time and space. So maybe Dubinsky + Prust? or Boyle + Prust? Players who really grind and are hard on the fore check (Cally when he comes back?).
The one thing I don't want Sather doing is giving up assets to acquire someone out side of the organization. Been there, done that.
I hear it all the time...."our prospects may develop" or "the key word is if they develop." At the same time, how do we know a player like Richards will provide the answers to Gaborik's problems and much more importantly, the problems with the team as a whole. People want to trade Anisimov and he hasn't even finished his second season in the NHL yet!! By showing confidence in the kid, letting him know he's going to stick around (as long as he busts it) could pay off in the long run when he's scoring 25-30+ goals a year, every year, for many years.

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