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06-02-2008, 11:39 PM
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Avery and Malone aren't comparable players

Malone is a Power Forward that lets his linemates play a down low cycle game and pressure the net.

NYR don't have that yet

Avery is more of a Utility/Grinder who can get you 15-24 goals*(I doubt the goals come unless he gets the PP time_+Star linemates)

In terms of Quality Malone is a 2nd liner/ and Avery is a very fiery 3rd liner whose skills are improving

Spector has the prospective UFA hit for Malone to be 3.5 mill*(lets say for arguments sake he get 4 mill)

Malone could be worth the 4 mill if its for a short term 2-3 years

but Avery in my opinion is great when healthy(when not he's simply not worth the cap hit)Last year he missed about 25 games...that's simply too much for a guy that's routinely injured and a 1yr deal is the only thing that makes sense. Best case scenario for Slats(sign Avery to a 1yr deal for the cost of Jagr's bonuses(say 1 yr 2.9 mill)
close to what he wanted for last season...let be real...he knows that the Isles aren't exactly cup material yet...Good team w/ great grit that doesn't really need Avery as much as they need a finesse Goal Scorer/ Playmaker

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