Donald Brashear Talks About Seeking Glory
After the mob dissipated from Alex Ovechkin's stall this afternoon, I stopped by Donald Brashear's workspace to ask him about the difference between the regular season and the playoffs. (Previously: Matt Bradley on the same issue.)
"I think the guys prepare really hard, a lot harder in the playoffs," Brasheaer said. "They prepare well, and they're ready to go out and give 100 percent every night. During the season, it's 82 games. It's long. These are additional games, but it's a short season, there's not many games left, maybe 20 games if you win a few series."
But that, I said, suggests that there's something extra NHL players could do during those previous 82 games. It suggests that NHL players don't always give 100 percent every night during the regular season.
"You're right, but they do," Brashear said. "Sometimes when you're in the playoffs and you know you're playing for a Stanley Cup, when you don't feel good you'll try to find that extra way, that extra thing to try to snap out of it instead of just sitting there and saying, 'Oh, I don't feel good.'
"Yeah, there are guys like that, but in the playoffs, if you do that, you're not gonna be liked by your teammates. I mean, we play a season, I find it's mostly a show. You know, you go out there and play every two nights and entertain, and guys like Ovechkin and all these guys got to go get their goals, and I get my fights. You know what I mean? It's entertaining.
"Now, it's more about what we want, about our glory. About our glory. The glory's all about these 20 games. That's what it's all about, glory. It's not about money. You know how much money we make in the playoffs? Find it out. If you go all the way, you make $80,000 total. Some guys make that in one day. You think it's about the money? It's not about the money. Nobody's playing for the money now."
And does glory matter, even to a guy in his mid-30s who's been playing this game his whole life?
"Yeah, because when you win, it's an experience in life," he said. "It's like in anything--you start a business, and you're successful, then you're happy about it, it makes you feel good, it makes you proud. If you're successful trying to accomplish something with your teammates, it stays forever. It stays your whole life. You remember those guys forever."
The thing about Brashear is, when he gets going, he turns into a great quote. But even when he's giving you good quotes, he's doing so in a nearly inaudible monotone, perfectly straight-faced, no expression. I said as much, that it was odd to hear him saying these passionate things about glory in barely more than a murmur.
"Come talk to me if we win it," he said. "You'll see the difference."
(Brashear was also asked if he had any thoughts about Sean Avery, and had this to say:
"Not a whole lot," he said. "Usually a guy like that, you leave him alone, you don't worry about him. You know, what are you gonna do? You just let him be. All he's trying to do is make stuff happen for his teams and piss guys off, so if you just don't pay him any attention, then he's not doing any harm.")
(And Mike Green was asked about the Rangers potentially targeting Alex Ovechkin. "Hit him as much as you want," Green said. "It seems like the more you hit him, the better he plays.")
(As for Ovechkin, he predicted "it's going to be sick atmosphere. Seriously, that guys needs a few new adjectives.)
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