Rumor/Speculation: Avery is a goner
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06-18-2008, 04:30 PM
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I would argue that Avery does take a shift off. There are times when he is invisible on the ice. I like him, want him for the right price, but let's not turn him into Doug Gilmour, Brendan Shanahan, or Mark Messier.
Bless your heart for pointing this out Forechecker. This is precisely what I DON'T like about Avery. I can get over the fact he's an azzhole (anyone who says he isn't needs to take the blinders off) because he's good for the team, but I saw too many shifts last season where he wasn't even trying. People accuse Jagr of taking shifts off or not backchecking or gliding back to his own zone or to the bench, but if you really watch Avery, he's just as guilty of that kind of thing -- the difference is that he hasn't earned that right with a Hall of Fame career. But because fans love the energy and excitement he brings when he's out there giving 100%, they ignore the shifts where he doesn't show up.
I want him back, but not at anything over $3m or for longer than 2-3 years. I see him wearing out his welcome eventually, and don't want to be stuck with a bigger contract long-term.
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