by Patrick Hoffman on 09/25/09 at 04:02 PM ET
There is no question about it - New York Rangers forward Donald Brashear is one tough cookie.
Call him a goon, call him a fighter, call him an enforcer or call him a career fourth, but this season folks, he’s a New York Ranger and as Ranger fan, you’re going to have to learn to put up with him.
Brashear knows that he’s never been liked by Blueshirt fans no matter what team he has played on. However, Ranger fans aren’t exactly enamored with him because of the devastating hit he put on Blair Betts last season.
Just because he signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, Brashear did not expect to be greeted with open arms and standing ovations from the Garden Faithful. He understood that emotions run long and deep, and it would take time for the fans to accept Brashear as one of their own, particularly after his hit that sidelined one of the Rangers last spring.
“If the fans are mad, they’re mad,” said Brashear, who squared off twice with Sugden on Thursday. “Maybe it’s because of Blair Betts, I don’t know. I don’t really read into it. I’ve played in this league a long time and I know what I can do, and how I can help the team. I’m just going to try and show it and hopefully they can appreciate it.”
Brashear knows that he has to endear himself to fans and one can guarantee that he will do everything he can to make that happen. Brashear said the following in the above mentioned article:
“I got a little feel for what they like, that’s for sure,” said Brashear of the Garden fans. “They want to see some action out there, want to see me getting some hits and fights. That’s the job that I do, and that’s what has brought me up in the NHL.”
I know it’s tough folks but we are going to have to give him a chance. With enough time and patience, I’m willing to bet that the same Blueshirt fans who have been dumping on him for years will change their tune and will be singing his praises.
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