Dorsett said today that he felt he was playing well prior to breaking his leg and that he feels he is basically fighting for his job and spot in the lineup. He adds that sitting out his been difficult but that he knows he can play in the NHL and be successful. (Ranger Rants)
He said that he understands that Dan Carcillo has played well and that when that line is going well you don’t want to break it up, but he knows he can help this team and that is what he intends to do. (Ranger Rants)
Alain Vigneault says that Dorsett and Carcillo are “the same type of player” and that they bring energy and physical play. Vigneault says that while Carcillo is playing well, he wants to get Dorsett back in the lineup. (Ranger Rants)
Around the trade deadline a few teams called the Rangers and asked about “feisty winger” Derek Dorsett but the Rangers reportedly had no interest in moving him. (Ottawa Sun)
Dorsett is signed through next season with a cap hit of $1.63 million. (CapGeek)
On Dorsett’s current situation, Alain Vigneault said on Saturday “Right now I look at the lineup and Dorse is a player who is ready to play and I am a big fan of Dorse and how he plays but the way that Boyler, Dom and Dan have been playing and our record with those guys as a line is really good so it’s tough to break up our four forward lines right now.”
Moore has been a healthy scratch one other time this season, on 12/8 against Washington.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal.
It’s Dorsett’s first game since breaking his fibula.
- On conditioning, “my lungs feel fine I have been doing bike sprints and a lot of biking for the last 3 1/2, 4 weeks so my lungs are fine. Obviously it’s different skating than riding the bike and doing a little water treadmill stuff but overall my legs and lungs feel alright and it’s about getting my leg back to where it needs to be.”
- On the biggest obstacle, “I think the first 2-3 steps coming out of the gate…there is still a little bit of soreness but that is to be expected. It was in a splint or a boot for almost four weeks so that wasn’t working much and just everything, getting all the muscles fired and strengthened back up and it should be fine.”
4:32PM: From Alain Vigneault’s press conference:
- Any timeline on Dorsett, “He skated yesterday, today….so I am pretty sure that come next Thursday that he should be close unless there is a setback but I don’t foresee any at this time.”
- How has he looked, “this was the first time and he stayed out on the ice about 40 minutes. He looked fine today but his conditioning, he hadn’t skated in almost six weeks so we will see how he feels tomorrow and if he feels good we will take it a step further.”
- Will he be ready for Chicago, “he will be close if not ready.”
12:56PM: Derek Dorsett skated today in a non-contact jersey and Alain Vigneault said that he should be ready ready or close to ready to return when the Rangers season resumes next Thursday against Chicago. (Rangers)
Dorsett broke his fibula in early January while blocking a shot and had a time table of 4-6 weeks.
He has missed the last 17 teams and the Rangers acquired Dan Carcillo to fill his role.
8:14PM: Derek Dorsett will not return to the game for the Rangers. (John Giannone)
Dorsett blocked a shot in the first period on the Penguins PP and was shut down by the medical staff. (Giannone)
Following the shot block Dorsett was seen in pain and limping to the Rangers bench.
He played a total of 3:19 in the first period.
After he blocked the shot and went to the bench, at 12:23 of the first period, Dorsett came on for another shift at 18:40 that lasted for 12 seconds.
When asked about Dorsett, Rick Nash told Ranger Rants, “he’s a heart-and-soul guy. I was excited to get him. He’s a guy you love. You hate to play against him but you love to have him on your team. I never really watched Prusty play so I can’t comment on his game. I know Dorse is going to show up every night.”
Nash and Dorsett were teammates in Columbus from 2008 to 2012.
Dorsett told the Blue Jackets website last year, “I don’t think I take too many undisciplined penalties, at the same time, with how I play I am going to go hard to the net, maybe bump a goalie. I play on the edge and guys that play that way will get penalty minutes.
He added, “I always want to be a leader and pride myself on doing the right things.”
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline picked Dorsett as one player Columbus fans will hate to see. He says, “You used to love him, Blue Jackets’ fans. Wait until he bumps Bobrovsky and takes a run at Gaborik.”
Dorsett has two goals, 1 assist, 82 PIM and an average of 11:45 per game this season.
When Dorsett is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers take 50.1% of the shot attempts and have 55.5% of the shots on goal.
Following the fight, John Giannone said on MSG, “that fight was the direct result of about 20 seconds before Zac Rinaldo had Ryan McDonagh lined up for an absolute kill shot and just missed him. I looked at the Rangers bench and four guys took notice since it happened right in front of them. One of the first guys who jumped up was Derek Dorsett. He jumped on the ice for the expressed purpose to let Rinaldo know that the Rangers weren’t going to put up with that.”
In describing what happened to the NY Post, Dorsett said “I thought he went low for the knee and got the elbow out for the old chicken wing. That’s why I went with him.”
His penalties break down as:
- 2 fights
- 1 ten minute misconduct
- 1 holding, hooking, boarding, tripping, roughing and instigator
Dorsett only has penalties in three of the five games and 21 of his 32 minutes came against Anaheim.
On Saturday against St. Louis, Dorsett took three penalties, one in each period and St. Louis converted on Dorsett’s high sticking penalty in the third period.
He told Steve Zipay, at Newsday, “whether they were good calls or not….I just got to find a way to stay out of the box.”
Dorsett told Pat Leonard that his high sticking penalty in the third period, where Vladimir Tarasenko scored, took all the momentum from the Rangers.
Andrew Gross tweeted “Downcast Dorsett disappointed with penalties, particularly high sticking. Warned self before shift not to give ref reason to blow whistle.”
Dorsett told the Daily News that he was trying to get in on a the forecheck and finish his checks early on but changed that in the third period and wanted to play smart and keep the positive momentum going.
After the game, Alain Vigneault said “he plays on the edge and plays with some bite. Taking three penalties is not what we want. It’s a tough line that he is walking.”
In the playoffs last season, John Tortorella said that he liked Dorsett playing with this kind of energy.
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