I’m bringing you part of the transcript of an interview Rangers season tickets holder Boomer Esiason and his partner Craig Carton did with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this morning on WFAN:
“Other teams are marking him,” Boomer said.
“I don’t think he’s a marked man at all, he’s come back as smoothly as could have been the case under the circumstances,” Bettman said. “He’s doing his thing. When you’re an agitator and you play aggressive you probably find your self in more things than others. But I think based on what happened this season, his comeback couldn’t have been any smoother.”
“I will say this,” Boomer said. “He’s working on his hockey skills because he’s not trying to agitate any more, he’s trying to become a big time hockey player.”
“And I think he’s helped the Rangers,” Bettman said.
“He’s got six goals and four assists, so yeah that’s pretty good,” Boomer said.
“I do want you to do me a favor though,” Carton said. “I’d like you to check the tape of the Devils game. And he gets thrown around like a rag doll and doesn’t hit or engage the other guy and somehow gets a two-minute penalty. That was wrong, you know it, we all know it, bad job.”
“On balance the Devils got the shorthanded situation and had to kill a penalty,” Bettman said. “You gotta to look at the whole context of what went on.”
As Carp reported earlier, Gary Bettman’s NHL Hour show today is at 4 p.m., on XM channel 204 and Sirius channel 208, or NHL.com. You can ask guest John Davidson questions by calling in at 1-877-645-6696 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And lastly, Carp and I are going to do another video chat next Tuesday at 1 p.m. before the Montreal game. Start thinking of your questions and join us for lunch!
Update: Michal Rozsival will not skate with the Rangers tonight, as reported by Andrew Gross who is traveling with the team.