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06-30-2008, 01:26 PM
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DutchShamrock
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Originally Posted by DarrenTurcotte8 View Post
Avery has one stat for leverage and that is the team's winning pct. He is coming off various injuries. Never scored 20 goals or 40 points, and he now has a reputation for disappearing in the second round after doing it two years in a row.
Nice point. It's obviously his selfish nature and his attitude that led to his disappearance, not his near-death experience and subsequent season ending injury. Kind of hard to show up when you are in a hospital bed with a lacerated spleen. I mean, it's different when it happened to Forsberg. They at least took his out, Avery still has his and it was only a scratch.

One thing that has worked for New York over the last 3 years is how they are now building teams based not just on stats, but on other factors and characteristics. When we built teams by using the backs of hockey cards, we missed the playoffs 7 straight years. Avery brings more than goals and points, much like Malone. It is no coincidence that their teams got further than 22 other teams. It's not just them but the way those teams were built. Hockey is more than scoring goals.

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