The New York Rangers ended this season a lot better than many expected, but they also ended it more abruptly than they would have liked to. The Rangers' loss to the New Jersey Devils in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals raised many questions as to what the offseason moves for the Rangers are going to be.
Just like in the regular season, scoring was a major issue in the playoffs for the Rangers, especially on the power play. Questions of going after Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash in a trade once again surfaced, after talks of a deal went away at the end of the trade deadline this year.
Many people believe that Nash will bring the offensive power that the Rangers are lacking. Acquiring Brad Richards last offseason was a step in the right direction, and now many believe they need to go one step further and acquire Nash.
One name that has come up in a possible deal with Nash is Rangers' forward Brandon Dubinsky. The 26 year old signed a multi-year deal at the end of last season with the Rangers, but he did not live up to his contract.
Dubinsky only had 34 points and 10 goals in 77 games this season, much lower than the 2010-2011 campaign where he had 54 points and 24 goals. Dubinsky was already in the talks of the deal with Nash earlier in the year. Now that the season is over, if the Rangers decide to go after Nash again, it is almost guaranteed that Dubinsky will be in talks once again.
There is no doubt that Rick Nash would bring an offensive spark to the Rangers. However, I do not think that trading Brandon Dubinsky is worth getting him.
Brandon Dubinsky certainly did not have an amazing season this year, but does one bad season mean that he will never be good again? Look at Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers' defenseman had an awful 2010-2011 season and bounced back to have a great season this year.
Dubinsky is one of the best board players on the team. He is a great skater and has the potential to be a 30 goal scorer as was seen in the 2010-2011 season.
He also played decently in the playoffs. He had the assist that led to the game winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinals matchup against the Ottawa Senators, and also picked up another assist when he was playing with a high ankle sprain.
Rick Nash does not have a lot of playoff experience being on the Blue Jackets for so long. He has only proven himself in the regular season where he has had a great deal of minutes being the only goal scorer on the team.
If he headed to the Rangers, who is to say that he is going to put up the same numbers? If anything, his minutes will go down and so will his numbers.
The Rangers signed Dubinsky to a multi-year deal for a reason. He might not have had the greatest season, but one thing the Rangers are is resilient, and Brandon Dubinsky is no exception.
I think that Dubinsky is going to have a great season next year, and I do not believe that trading him along with rookies to the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, is worth it.