New York Rangers Free Agency 2012: 5 Top Reasons to Play for the Blueshirts

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New York Rangers Free Agency 2012: 5 Top Reasons to Play for the Blueshirts
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"I'll never be your beast of burden. I'll never be your beast of burden. Never, never, never, never, never, never, never be."

The Rolling Stones seem to have a song for every situation. And "Beast of Burden" fits the New York Rangers' ill-fated quest for Shea Weber like the glove he used to shove Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass during the playoffs. 

So, he signed that mega money madness 14-year, $100 million offer sheet to play for the hated Philadelphia Flyers. That's a lot of cheese steaks, folks. 

So, playing in New York City wasn't exactly his cup of tea. 

One of the best defensemen in the NHL would rather toil in front of Ilya Bryzgalov, and deal with some of the most unforgiving fans in all of sports. 

So what.

Sure, the inhabitants of Ranger Nation may be feeling a sense of rejection right now. 

In their minds, why wouldn't any player want to lace 'em up for their beloved Blueshirts?

To tell you the truth, I agree.

The Rangers are a proud Original Six franchise that came within six wins of hoisting Lord Stanley's hardware last Spring. Many key pieces are already in place. More are on the way. The organization is heading full-steam ahead in the right direction.

There are lots of reasons to want to play on Broadway. And here are the top 5 that Shea Weber, and all the other big names who opted to be beasts of burden elsewhere, missed out on. 

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