by Patrick Hoffman on 12/28/09 at 02:09 PM ET
Throughout the first half of the season, New York Rangers’ forward Donald Brashear has not done much, whether it’s on the offensive side of the puck, defensive side of the puck or even on the fighting side of the puck.
I definitely believe in big bodies in the National Hockey League but in my eyes, and may be in many others, Brashear has not been one for the Blueshirts. Yes, he has missed some time with various ailments but when he has played, he has been a non-factor. I am actually of the belief that the team would have been much better off with Colton Orr.
This is why I am so surprised that Larry Brooks, New York Rangers beat writer for the New York Post, is pining for Brashear to get more ice time to see what he can do:
No 38-year-old, let alone one at 6-foot-3, 235, can be expected to sit for eight, 10, 12, 15 minutes at a time and then be able to find his legs when called upon.
The Rangers don’t so much owe it to Brashear to find out whether he has anything left in his repertoire of villainy—he was not hired to dangle—but to themselves, given that No. 87 is on an over-35 contract that means that his $1.4M for next year will be applied against the cap even if he is waived to the minors, bought out, or retires.
What do you folks think of this? Do you think Brashear deserves more ice time? Do you think that he is even worth it at this point?
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