When asked about a potential return to the lineup, injured forward Brandon Dubinsky, who suffered a right foot injury in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Ottawa, played coy.
"No, I can't say," he said with a conspiratorial grin. "I've been trained the right way."
The 26-year-old has not resumed skating, however, making it unlikely he'll be available at any point during the team's Eastern Conference Finals match-up against the Devils. What does that mean? Dubinsky will have to keep watching his team from the sidelines, a gut-wrenching task for the fiery competitor.
"It's obviously tough. You feel a little bit disconnected from it because you don't have those...I mean, you do, you have your own emotions. It's probably harder for me to watch the game than it is for them to play. I know [Saturday] I was probably the most nervous guy on the team and I was watching it."
"It's very tough because those guys are out there battling and giving everything they can, the emotions they have when they play and the emotions they have when they don't win a game, it makes it tough, not being a part of that," he continued. "It's exciting to watch us win and get to the next round, so it gives me hope. It allows me to have something to keep working for and looking forward to -- trying to get back and helping this team continue winning."
For Dubinsky to play again this post-season, he will have to hope the Rangers can knock off the Devils to advance to the Cup finals. Given his desperation to get back, he'll be rooting as hard as anyone.
"It's unfortunate not being able to play and I feel like I was ready to try and help this team win and go on a deep playoff run," Dubinsky said. "Lucky enough for me, we've been doing that without me in the lineup. I think I can help this team so it's just a matter of trying to get back as fast I can so I can try and contribute and I can help this team win."