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The Donald Brashear Era Is Officially Over in New York

Unofficially, it ended some time ago — when he went down to Hartford last year, or perhaps when the Rangers signed an all-new overpaid enforcer when free agency opened last month. But now one of Glen Sather's more indefensible signings is Atlanta's problem. (Actually, they've already placed him on unconditional waivers, and will reportedly buy him out if no team puts in a claim.) Brashear's tenure here was doomed from the start: Rangers fans — unwilling to forget that matter of him breaking Blair Betts's orbital bone with the cheapest of shots during the 2008-09 playoffs — had booed him at an event before the season even started, and his dreadful performance once play began only made those boos louder. In return for Brashear and Patrick Rissmiller, the Rangers acquired forward Todd White, a twelve-year veteran whose offensive output peaked two seasons ago when he recorded 22 goals and an impressive 51 assists. (He didn't approach either of those numbers last year.) White, who will make $2.375 million in the final year of his contract next season, appears destined for the AHL himself. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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