Brandon Dubinsky nails the 2-on-1

The New York Rangers gutted their way to a playoff berth last season thanks in large part to great work – some might say overachieving play – from Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky. Callahan has been every bit the captain that Rangers fans expected, but Dubinsky isn’t producing as the team hoped.

This video clip shows the Rangers’ two homegrown talents excelling in a way that channels their best work in 2010-11. Callahan lays his body on the line to block a shot – something he’s renowned for – while Dubinsky hops over a Capitals player and then makes no mistake in scoring a 2-on-1 goal.

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Dubinsky came into tonight’s game with a disappointing 16 points in 34 games, but counting tonight’s goal, he has four points in his last four contests. The Rangers are already playing great hockey as the East’s leading team, but imagine what they could do if Dubinsky plays close to his 2010-11 form …

Report: Kings, Richards nearing settlement

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The Los Angeles Kings and Mike Richards may be nearing a settlement in their dispute over Richards’ terminated contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting.

You can read the report for all the details, but we’re sure curious about this part:

If a settlement is reached, there’s no word yet on what salary cap penalties the Kings would still face. There’s bound to be something, but not likely as onerous as the full value of Richards’ contract, which carries with it a cap hit of $5.75 million. If there’s a settlement, Richards would undoubtedly become a free agent though there’s no telling at this point what monies he would be entitled to from the Kings in a settlement.

The issue here is precedent, and what this case could set. The NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door, and many are adamant that that’s what the Kings were attempting to do in Richards’ case.

Bettman to players: Don’t screw up ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ with drugs

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The NHL wants to take an educational approach — not a punitive one — to deter its players from using illicit drugs like cocaine.

“My interest is not to go around punishing people,” Bettman told Sportsnet today.

“My interest is getting players to understand the consequences of doing something that could jeopardize this great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they’ve been given, to play in the NHL.”

While some players have expressed surprise at hearing that cocaine use is growing, the anecdotal evidence of substance abuse has been very much in the news, from Jarret Stoll‘s arrest to Mike Richards’ arrest to, more recently, Zack Kassian‘s placement in the NHL/NHLPA’s treatment program.

“We don’t have the unilateral right to do things here. We need the consent of the Players’ Association,” Bettman said. “It’s not about punishment. It’s about making sure we get it to stop.”

Related: Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?