Dubinsky skated today before practice with Mike Sullivan.
Brandon Dubinsky was back on the ice today, joining Wade Redden in a little private skate with assistant coach Mike Sullivan before the rest of the Rangers came on for their full practice. Dubinsky hadn’t skated since blocking a shot that broke a bone in his right hand on Nov. 7 in Calgary, and this was at least a sign of progress in his healing and the beginning of the process of getting his legs ready for a return.
“For a while there we didn’t see the healing; there’s healing there now,” John Tortorella said after running a practice that was light on contact but ran beyond an hour in length. “I don’t think we’re at risk to really do any damage if he hits it. Of course we don’t want him falling, so we’re trying to be really careful - but also, we need him on the ice. He’s been off for a while. So now that we’ve started seeing the healing, we’re just gonna slowly get him on the ice to get his skating legs.”
Because there's no real flexibility considering any salay you fill in has to come off the books when he comes back. Sheesh people, when are we going to stop looking at LTIR as a way to circumvent cap space (like the long term contracts being handed out) and realize there are mechanisms in place to prevent this sort of thing from happening.
That and possibly more importantly, stretching out a player's "injury" would be dealt with accordingly by the NHL. They have the right to have their own doctor's examine a player and should they determine his injury was faked or prolonged for cap purposes there would be repercussions.