Well, I don't like this. Nope, not even a little bit. I can't have aging veterans - that were acquired to push the team over the top but instead instantly became scapegoats - leaving the Rangers on bad terms. Now, I know that Larry Brooks is a dickhead. I know that because I know the name Larry Brooks and every time I hear it referenced it's because he pissed somebody off. Hell, I am pretty sure that he and John Tortorella still stay up into the wee hours of the night aggressively insulting each other through text. Those are just two guys built from the same mold. That being said, I need players like Dan Boyle to ignore his repeated attempts at instigation, gather their belongings, and humbly leave the facility. Come on Dan, next time take notes from Brad Richards. Take your playoff benching like a man - because you deserved it - and get out of New York as soon as possible. Whatever you do, don't remind the Rangers that you represent YET ANOTHER unsuccessful trade for a veteran that was clearly past his prime.
The repeated failures of literally every big name acquisition the Rangers have made is not nearly enough for them to stop acquiring big name acquisitions that are doomed to fall flat on their face. However, if those acquisitions leave the franchise with their lasting impression being a child-like temper tantrum in which they curse out multiple reporters then the franchise might just carry that bitterness with them into the offseason. With the Devils rebuilding and making smart, calculated trades for young cost controlled players, the Rangers annual purging of assets for half dead superstars from the previous decade is the only thing that really moves the needle for me anymore. There is no emotion that compares to the happiness I feel when Rangers fans gain a false sense of optimism following a lopsided trade for 35-40 year old roster fodder. I can't have the guy whose defensive ineptitude rivaled that of Dan Girardi selfishly take those precious moments away from me.