Gotta tell you, I’m starting to be fascinated on this No. 1 left-wing thing.
I mean, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a winger to play with the two most gifted forwards on the team, right? It could be all types of players, couldn’t it? Could be an offensive guy, a defensive guy, a big guy, a fast guy.
But the Rangers, for whatever reason, don’t seem to have that right guy. Or at least, they haven’t identified him.
I do think that Brandon Dubinsky would ultimately fit just fine there, maybe better than fine. He’s their best left winger, he does a lot of things, including retrieve pucks from dirty areas, and has some toughness for protecting Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, and he certainly has enough skill to put up numbers.
On the other hand, the Dubinsky promotion, the whole robbing Peter to pay Paul thing, is a legit concern, because Dubinsky was so good with Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan last year, when that line was really the No. 1 line. And because, without Dubins...