Update: RDS - Avery and Straka will not be Re-signed (Post #190)
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06-25-2008, 09:43 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
I've always thought...
that Avery is best-suited on a third line. But, I believe he has second line skills but my problem is his consistency and keeping his head in the game. He scored 15 goals last season in less than 60 games - that's about what you want from your second line players, although you'd prefer him to play in 15 or so more games and hope he keeps up the pace to score 20 goals. Yeah, it's not 30 goals, but he is low on PP goals so his ES goal totals are pretty comparable. In fact, he was second on the team in ES goals - despite playing in 57 games. And since a 'second line winger' is a winger who plays on the second line, I'd say that's fair production. You'd like more PP goals out of him, but it's not his fault that the Rangers couldn't figure out how to run a PP last seaosn. He also had a fair amount of assists, which I typically throw away depending on with whom a player's playing, but in this case, I'd say Avery's a decent setup guy when he has to be.
Think I'm turning around to giving him what he wants. Still have the same caveat - I worry about the potential for distractions as he gets more into the fashion crap as well as his penchant to lose focus out there and sometimes flat-out lose games for the Rangers. Both need to be handled. Add to that the potential disruption in the locker room (something I don't know about and would have to defer to Sather & Co.).
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