Rangers practice 12/13 notes-Duby near,Gabby/Prospal may split
From Arthur Staple. He was probably the only writer at the practice.
Dubinsky activated. PA sent back
That was the lone bit of news from today's 40-minute practice. Dubinsky may still sit out tomorrow's game with the Thrashers to take a couple more days to prepare for his return from a broken hand, but John Tortorella decided to demote Parenteau, who had no points in his last eight games after doing well upon being recalled earlier in November.
Dubinsky will be among the top six forwards, obviously, but where is up in the air. Tortorella gave some indication today, saying that he may split up Vinny Prospal (0-3-3 in last 8) and Marian Gaborik and that Chris Drury (0-3-3 and minus-5 in last 8) is still an important player for the team.
Tortorella also indicated that Chad Johnson may get a game next week, possibly one of the back-to-back games with the Islanders.
I've been wanting this for awhile, maybe splitting up Prospal and Gabby will spread out the offense.
However, there is also the strong possibility that Gaborik makes Prospal a better player and Prospal won't have much success without him. Nonetheless, Prospal's passing ability is among the best on the team and it won't hurt to try him with the likes of Drury, Cally, etc.
I'm all for splitting Gabby and Prospal up. I think that might be the only thing at this point that could help improve our non-existent "secondary scoring". As far as Johnson goes, I'm really excited to see the kid play and it sure would be great if he played against the fishsticks and won in his first NHL game
Is there any chance Dubinsky actually plays tomorrow?
Hopefully he can spark something...
He still has some discomfort in the hand. The Rangers equipment staff designed a brace/cast/protection for Dubinsky to wear. He had trouble shooting the puck before wearing that protection. He can't re-injure the hand unless he gets hit with another shot on the same spot.
Tortorella said that it is essentially up to Dubinsky, who has missed 13 games with the broken hand he sustained in Calgary on Nov. 7, to declare himself ready to go, assuming he is cleared by trainer Jim Ramsay.
"I don’t think he’s in any danger [of re-injuring the hand] but with something like a broken bone or a knee, a player has to get through it mentally," the coach said. "It’s Dubi’s call. We want him to play, he’s dying to play, and so we’ll decide after the morning skate.
"He’s an important guy. He’s a center, he forechecks, he hits and hopefully he’ll help us with some scoring. He’d be a big lift for us.
While I agree, I don't think we really have an abundance of legitimate first line wingers.
True, but even then, I think Higgins has done quite well there. The problem with Avery is that when you put him with those kind of skill players, he thinks he is a skill player. When that happens, he's not only less effective in the role he should be playing, but he makes a ton of bad decisions with the puck.
Avery belongs on a "go go go" line where he can use his speed and tenacity to create scoring chances. It's not that I don't think he's a good hockey player, I just think he needs to focus more on being Sean Avery the pest and less on Sean Avery the offensive dynamo.