So which player will be subjected to greater scrutiny tonight against the Ottawa Senators—the player who spent 11 seasons in an Ottawa uniform; or the one who bobbled his way into the Rangers fans’ doghouse on Saturday night?
That seems to be the “topic du jour”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/11172008/sports/rangers/redden_vs__sens_promises_drama_139066.htm. I won’t go into another “monologue on the merits of booing your own player”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2008/11/06/to-boo-or-not-to-boo/, nor will I question why Michal Rozsival has been targeted (although I also won’t be the first one to point out that that pass to the point on Saturday night was jumping around like Richard Simmons on Red Bull).
This is the risk you run when a player who is less than an NHL superstar is taking home superstar money—or at least close to it.
But really, who’s to blame in that equation: the guy who is receiving that contract, or the guy willing to give it to him? If someone was going to offer me $20 million to play defense in the NHL, I’d take it, too.
And I can guarantee I’d be a lot worse than minus-6.