Posts Tagged ‘Brandon Dubinsky’

What the Rangers would be if they weren’t hockey players

December 28, 2007

Which Rangers Personality Type (RPT) are you?

Henrik Lundqvist – Talented, brilliant, popular, you still have a certain insecurity that requires you to hide behind a mask.

Petr Prucha – You work very hard. You do more than is asked. You have overcome many difficulties to get where you are today. And you still take nothing but abuse.

Nigel Dawes
– You often go unnoticed for long periods of time. Then, for a few days, you absolutely shine. Everyone falls in love with you. Then you disappear again, but you are not forgotten.

Michal Rozsival – A steady, experienced guy, you have recently started to show flashes of brilliance. However, you still focus on the little things.

Marcel Hossa – You’re quiet and mysterious. Nobody knows what you really are. Your famous brother gets most of the attention.

Dan Girardi – In spite of your youth, you are already considered one of the most dependable workers. You are a clutch performer.

Marek Malik – Much reviled and underappreciated, you try hard to ignore your critics. It’s getting harder, especially since it now appears that your boss is one of them.

Brendan Shanahan – Loved by all, you are immensely loyal and will take on bullies who are going after your friends. You also have a flair for the dramatic, yet are willing to do the dirty work. You have seen it all.

Blair Betts – You are often summoned during crises, and are willing to risk injury when necessary. You often go unnoticed and are not flashy, but you always get the job done.

Brandon Dubinsky – Though young and inexperienced, you have found yourself working with those at the top of your profession. There have been many growing pains, but those who know you have great faith in you. Recently, however, you have been placed back with the young interns to learn your craft.

Marc Staal – In spite of your youth, you have managed to contribute as much as anyone. Sure, there were growing pains, but with guidance from older workers, you were able to get through them amazingly quickly.

Scott Gomez – You put others before yourself. You love nothing more than helping a friend or coworker succeed. Sometimes this is to the detriment of your own success.

Martin Straka – You are well-rounded, with above-average ability in many facets but not extraordinary in any. Very dependable, you show up for work each day, even under the most difficult conditions.

Chris Drury – Similar to Martin Straka, but you’re paid more.

Ryan Callahan – The enthusiastic type, you have some tremendous spurts of productivity. You are trying to learn how to prolong those spurts.

Fedor Tyutin – You’re better than most. Keep it up.

Paul Mara – You try hard but sometimes let everyone down at bad times. However, you manage to escape major criticism, which is usually directed at 8.

Colton Orr – You are a hard worker who always is there when needed. If one of your friends are attacked, you will stop at nothing to defend them.

Jason Strudwick – See Colton Orr, but you’ve spent time in Europe. Not on vacation, mind you – you worked there. You enjoyed it, but wanted to come back home.

Greg Moore – You still need to prove yourself, but you have shown promise. Work hard, and the future is yours.

Ivan Baranka – See Greg Moore.

Sean Avery – You are a punk. You need to learn how society expects you to behave. However, you are witty and popular.

Stephen Valiquette – You are the underappreciated, hard-working understudy that hasn’t been able to make it to the top. Maybe one of these days, but time is running out. Meanwhile, you keep plugging away, and on rare occasions, you get a big assignment. You know, however, that you are just one step away from being in charge – unless management then feels they need someone better.

Ryan Hollweg – Very aggressive. You sometimes bite off more than you can chew, and your recklessness can prove costly – however, this aspect of your personality can also energize others.

Jaromir Jagr
– You are creatively talented and brilliant, but a bit immature. You work hard – when things are going well. You are easily frustrated.

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Tom Renney reads Rangersin08

December 18, 2007

Tom Renney is an avid Rangersin08 reader, frequently taking into consideration suggestions posted on this blog. Finally, he has decided to put one fo these ideas to use. After the recent post on Brandon Dubinsky’s unreadiness for the first line, he is moving him to a line with Ryan Callahan and Petr Prucha.

“Certainly, as an NHL coach, you want to be open to new ideas,” Renney told Newsday reporter Matt Teaux. “I look at blogs, newspaper articles, anything to stimulate new combinations and chemistry.”

Renney said that Rangersin08 is his favorite blog. “What Rangersin08 has done is establish themselves at the forefront of fan blogs with their intelligent ideas. They are devoted Ranger fans, and Ranger fans are the best fans in the world.”

Renney criticized the frequently anti-Sean Avery stance of Ortie41, one of the Rangersin08 bloggers, saying that Avery is a “great team player with great dedication to the game of hockey,” but understands that intelligent people can formulate different opinions, and that “this is the backbone of a free society.”

Get Brandon Dubinsky off the top line!

December 17, 2007

I like Brandon Dubinsky.

He seems like a decent enough guy. He’s tough and gutsy. By all accounts, he works hard and is coachable. But he’s not ready for the first line!

I can’t believe Tom Renney hasn’t noticed this. It’s apparent to all who watch the Rangers. He’s played 32 games for the team, scoring three goals, recording five assists, and has a -7 rating. That doesn’t cut it for a first-liner.

Dubinsky may mature into a top-six forward some day, but right now, the Rangers would do best with him in the role in which he started the season – fourth-line center. Otherwise Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka might just go to waste.

How about putting Sean Avery between them at some point?

C’mon now, this is getting ridiculous.

December 14, 2007

The Rangers’ scoring woes have been much-documented this year. But surely none have cited the utterly frightening statistic which I am about to.

Former 30 goal scorer Petr Prucha and first-line center Brandon Dubinsky are on pace to fall short of the 2001-2002 scoring totals of … Sandy McCarthy.

Yes, that’s right. Sandy McCarthy, the former Ranger enforcer.

While fans were quite fond of McCarthy, they did not generally expect him to use his hands for scoring purposes. As enforcers go, he certainly could play, but come on …

While Dubinsky and Prucha are NHL-caliber players, the fact that two players the Rangers are counting on to produce offense are falling so far short of such a low standard is a problem.

Dubinsky, to me, projects as a second-line center if he improves his skating a bit more, but is not ready for more than a third-line role. Prucha needs to get more PP time, preferably on the ice at the same time as Jagr. He has shown that he can be deadly on the powerplay while playing with the captain.

Prucha, at least, should then be able to outscore Sandy McCarthy.

Has Renney gone mad?

November 3, 2007

The Rangers’ pregame just reported that Brandon Dubinsky will skate on the Rangers’ top line. How can he keep up with such a skilled linemate as Jaromir Jagr?

Jagr doesn’t need a brilliant center. What he needs is a guy who can pass him the puck in tight quarters and let him do his thing, and also someone who can take advantage of Jagr’s remarkable playmaking ability. Dubinsky, a somewhat below-average, though vastly improved, skater, has scored one point in 18 career NHL games. Jagr is so far above him that when Jagr is making brilliant plays, Dubinsky will be unable to take advantage.

Chris Drury, on the other hand, is the perfect center for Jaromir Jagr, as he is extremely well-rounded and can skate, score, and pass. Nigel Dawes would be a perfect left wing for the line, as he is a fine sniper. Avery would be a great choice too, with his amazing hockey sense. He’s always in the right place at the right time – a key skill for playing with Jagr.

Dawes in the Doghouse?

October 27, 2007

Rangers fans are undoubtedly excited over their beloved team’s recent victory over the rival New Jersey. This feeling of elation can lead to a suspension of rational evaluation of the performance of the players.

Nigel Dawes scored two goals yesterday, leading the team to a 2-0 victory. On closer examination, however, this may be an indication of a serious problem: Nigel Dawes is a selfish player.

Take a look at his career statistics:

Games: 12

Goals: 3

Assists: 0

Numbers do not lie, and in Dawes’ case, the numbers reveal a selfish puckhog unwilling to pass. And some members of the Rangers’ coaching staff are taking notice.

“Yeah, Dawesy has got to pass the puck more. Look at guys like Shanny and Cally. They’re great goal scorers, but they’ll still dish the puck to their teammates,” said coach Tom Renney, revealing both his displeasure with Dawes and his proclivity for astonishingly predictable nicknames for his players.

The assistants were more blunt. Mike Pelino said that Dawes was “a selfish player.” Perry Pearn claimed that Dawes “is thinking only of statistics. He should help out his teammates.”

Renney suggested that Dawes try to emulate fellow Ranger Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky has never scored a goal, preferring to share the puck, as illustrated by his assist.

Selfish teams are rarely successful, and it only takes one bad apple. Look at the numbers. Nigel Dawes is that bad apple.