Donald Brashear Waived: Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Tonight's Healthy ScratchesCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 06:  Donald Brashear #87 of the New York Rangers is checked by Mark Fistric #28 of the Dallas Stars during their game on January 6, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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And if the door does hit him on the way out, he'll probably get knocked down looking up at the door, as it dusts its hands off and skates away.

According to TSN, as well as the Twitter accounts of several Rangers' beat writers, the New York Rangers finally took a step in ridding themselves of Donald Brashear.

It wasn't a matter of if, but when this was going to happen. When the Rangers acquired Brandon Prust from the the Flames as a part of the Olli Jokinen deal, Brashear's fate was sealed.

It's no secret about my feelings on Brashear. He was a terrible signing and a black eye on the Rangers organization. Probably the only black eye that he caused during the 36 games he skated in this season.

Why Glen Sather would waste money on this washed-up hack is beyond me. In a world full of baffling offseason moves made by Sather, this was one of the most confusing.

Why on earth would you constrict $2.8 million to a player that is as one-dimensional as Donkey Kong for regular Nintendo?

Besides Brashear's horrific skating ability, appalling hockey sense, frying-pan hands, and departed fighting skills, what really irked me the most about Brashear was his attitude.

I mean, it's not like we didn't know this guy was a no-talent waste before he put on the Rangers' sweater. Anyone remember this?

After fighting one of the most respected players to ever step foot on the NHL's ice, Brashear dusts his hands off as if to say "piece of cake." He then proceeds to sucker punch Aaron Ward as he's getting a goodbye from the Garden Faithful.

If that was too distant for memory, how about this classless Brashear moment...

Really tough Brashear, you're such a big tough guy. Knocking out big Blair Betts with an elbow behind the play after you got checked by Aaron Voros. You're such a strong man, Donald.

His attitude continued this year. When talking about his role on the team with Rangers' beat writer Andrew Gross, Brashear was confused, asking, "Do they want a showman like they had in Orr, or do they want a guy who can play and fight?"

This isn't the first time he's taken a jab at the Rangers' former enforcer, Colton Orr, who signed with Toronto over the summer. And, I'm sorry, but did Brashear say he could play? Play? When have you played? Did I miss it? If that's what you considering playing, I would hate to see when you're not at your best.

"It just shows me they don't believe in me."

Sorry Donald, but the only thing they should believe is that you are washed-up player who serves no purpose in this league.


That's all Brashear will ever be. There are types of players in this league that do the same job as Brashear, yet they are respected individuals.