No contract talks with Sean Avery
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01-05-2008, 12:22 PM
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A lot of good points made in this thread, I on the other hand..
Think that Avery isn't worth anything more than 3-3,2 mill a year. I say let him walk if he wants more.
And if it comes to Rozsival vs Avery with their contracts, I say keep Rozsival.. some are going to say I'm nuts..but..
If Avery does walk, he most likely will go to the Western Conference, that's where he knows best, he likes it there too, like Detroit. Which would mean, to us, that it wouldn't make much a difference since we wouldn't/would barely see him.
Rozsival improves every year offensively, he's still not yet 30, and this is his prime, granted he's having a career year this year because he knows that he's an impending UFA that is going to get a contract raise. He's on pace for 20 goals this season, every year since joining the Rangers he's doubled his goal total, and added 10 points to his totals, he's lost +/- but what does that matter right now. Rozsival will put up more points in his prime than Bobby Sangs will, I bet.
I like Bobby Sangs, but in no way can you say that we can easily replace Rozsival with him, especially since he'll need to be in his prime to catch Rozsival by close at all. I can see Rozsival putting up 20-40 or 15-45 in a few years, 2 or 3. At that point, Bobby Sangs will be ready to play in the NHL, and would probably barely reach 30 points in his first few years. I'd rather have Rozsival putting up 55-65.
Now if Rozsival is looking for anything more than 5 mill a year, I would say let him walk too, because at this specific point he isn't worth 5 mill a year, close, but I can see him wanting 5,5-6 mill.
Honestly, VisionQuest made a good point. Right now, Avery helps motivate this team, but will the future players of our team (1-4 years from now) need Avery's motivation to play well? Probably not.
We have an aged Shanahan, an aging Jagr and Straka, Drury and Gomez in our top six. This will be Drury and Gomez's team next year if not that the year after, it won't be Jagr's. We'll be done with our 35 year old + players and will bring in new offensive threats. They probably won't need the likes of Avery to produce.
A lot of Ranger players like Avery, you can tell, but a lot of them probably shake their head at almost 50% of the things he says or does, because a lot of times Avery takes things too far, and he doesn't put up enough points to say that he's valuable and worth a 4 mill a year contract, and certainly not anything more than that.
We can win without Avery, maybe not this year with these current players, but we will win without Avery eventually.
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