Dubinsky skates with Rangers, return unclear

Injured forward Brandon Dubinsky made it through his first full practice with the Rangers Sunday since sustaining a right foot injury in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

And while his return could be one of seamless timing should he be ready to play Monday, when the Rangers will likely have a hole to fill assuming Brandon Prust earns a suspension for his hit on Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Game 3, he was cryptic when asked about his availability.

"I'm going to follow Torts' rules again," Dubinsky said. "No timeline."

It appears unlikely Dubinsky could play after only one full practice, even in the wake of the team's pressing lineup needs. The Rangers will probably opt instead to use either defenseman Stu Bickel or Steve Eminger as a forward, as they have done in the past.

Regardless, Dubinsky seemed encouraged by his progress and said he's happy to be around the team again as they prepare for Game 4 against the Devils.

"It's nice to be back with the guys, nice to shoot some pucks against a goalie, and it just feels good to be around and get the chance to jump back on the ice."