Adam Rotter: Presumably, Dubinsky would go to Columbus in a Nash trade, but Anaheim isn’t interested in him for Bobby Ryan as they are looking to cut some costs. If the Rangers don’t land either of those guys, or another via trade, I don’t think they will have any choice but to keep Dubinsky and hope he can regain his offensive touch.
Part of me thinks that Dubinsky would play with Brian Boyle and likely Taylor Pyatt on a third line while Carl Hagelin has the top LW spot and Chris Kreider plays with Derek Stepan on the second line. While John Tortorella will put Dubinsky anywhere he thinks it will help the team, it is a third liner making $4 million and probably spending most of his time starting out in the defensive zone. It would make sense to have him play with Brad Richards as the Rangers need scoring up front and Dubinsky has that ability.
Dubinsky, like Chris Drury, will always have a spot in the lineup for his faceoffs, penalty killing, defensive play, energy and work ethic but it’s his scoring that the Rangers are going to need the most.