Greetings from the Garden, where a newly-wealthy Blair Betts showed up at the rink driving a Bentley, surrounded by bodyguards, and sporting a new diamond-crusted tooth.
Just once, I wish I was telling the truth.
No, turns out the Betts extension announced today is pretty much what you’d expect from a third-line center with a grand total of five goals this year: two years at $615,000 apiece. I know there’s a feeling out there that a contract extension for Betts is somehow blocking a younger, more promising player. But I doubt this is the sort of salary that another team would be unwilling to take on if the Rangers ever wanted to move him.
And besides, there’s a lot to like about Betts, who at 26 is not exactly in the sunset of his career. He works hard, he wins faceoffs, he kills penalties. I agree, he could do all of those things from the fourth line as opposed to the third. But who knows, maybe having this contract issue cleared up he’s free to go on a scoring rampage.
“I wish I could have got it done in a day so I didn’t have to think about it, but that’s just how it works,” said Betts, who began talking to the Rangers about an extension during training camp. “But I’m glad it’s out of the way so I can focus on hockey and not worry about what’s going to happen the next two years, or even what’s going to happen this summer.”
OK, more later…