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05-07-2008, 01:26 PM
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If Shanny doesn't come back, there's a bit of a question (in my mind, at least) about how that will affect Avery's game and lockerroom presence. It is a key part of Avery's affectiveness that he continually walks right along the line without crossing it, so to speak. And Shanny played a crucial role in keeping him from crossing the line. Drury seems like he's able to take on that responsibility, but I would hesitate before giving Avery a long-term deal, until it's clear that there won't be long-term problems. I think it would benefit the Rangers more now to give him a higher-salary, shorter-term deal, where the cap-hit won't affect them too badly given the short-term. If he really is a Ranger at heart (and I think he is), then it shouldn't be a problem signing him to an extension.

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