New York Rangers' Derek Dorsett has been cleared for contact by team physicians, and being back to annoying the opposition isn't far behind.
fibula snapped like a twig when he took a puck to the outside of his
left skate while attempting to block a shot off the stick off Pittsburgh
Penguins' Olli Maatta on January 3rd and was expected to miss
four-to-six weeks - a time period in which, coincidentally, the Rangers
have played their best hockey of the season.
Rangers' 67 points have them sitting at the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference
playoff race by a slim margin, and are in a much better place than they
were when Dorsett went down, going 12-4-1 in the seventeen games that
he's missed, including winning five out of six going into the Olympic
an average of 11:24 of ice time per game, Dorsett has marked the
scoresheet with two goals and three helpers, but that's not really his
game. The 27-year-old right winger has spent 103 minutes in the penalty
box, nearly half of those for fighting.
Dorsett has annoyed and frustrated his opponents into nine fights according to the excellent website Hockeyfights.com,
coming out on the short end of those more often than not - but
accomplishing his goal of taking a skilled player from the other team to
the sin bin with him.
A decision as to whether Dorsett
will be in Thursday's lineup against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion
Chicago Blackhawks will be made after Tuesday's practice.