Eklund: Rangers Coach "Quietly" Pushing for a Big Trade to Change Culture?
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09-05-2013, 09:28 AM
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The problem with this argument for me is that when we drafted Dubinsky he was a 5'10 165 lb. version of Darcy Tucker (Dubi was voted the most hated player in the WHL if I remember correctly)--which is fine but over the next three years he turned into a 6'2 210 lb. player. He had a major growth spurt. That along with JJ mentoring him once he hit the NHL for good. He went from the pesky agitator kind of style more to a power forward style once the Rangers put him on Jagr's line.
You could see him mimicking Jagr's style which worked really well with Jagr on his line and not as well when Jagr left.
But the growth spurt and the realization that he was bigger and stronger player is why Dubinsky's style changed and to a degree I think he was relearning how to play the game--which wasn't completely successful.
I think the bolded part is very well said. When you can dump the puck off to an elite player it certainly helps.
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I've never really seen him as a selfish type and he would wade into battles for other teammates even though he's not a particularly good fighter--except when he's fighting Mike Richards. He doesn't strike me as all that mature--somewhat a follower more than a leader like Callahan, Staal or Girardi though he usually played his best in the playoffs.
I don't think he was a selfish player either. Clueless and lost at times, but not selfish. He never figured out what kind of player he should be or how the best use his skills. Watching him carry the puck along the boards from left circle to right circle and never doing anything with it was akin to having finger nails being ripped out.
I also think he was a victim of seeing his contemporaries (Staal, Callahan, Girardi) lift their games to higher levels. It was just not as smooth a progression for Dubinsky.
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