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07-31-2009, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Stugots View Post
I think I've said this a few different times in other threads. Avery is not a fourth liner. He's a borderline 2nd liner at best, would fit in great on the 3rd line, but he is NOT a fourth liner. The year we got him in the trade he had 18 goals and 30 assists. The year after that he was on pace for the same stats but missed 25 games. Last season he had 5-7-12 in 18 games with the Rangers. Putting him on the 4th would be a waste.
Agreed, I think when they signed Kotalik it meant no contract for Zherdev, because if Z does somehow stay with the Rangers one of Avery, Lisin and maybe Anisimov would move down to that 4th line, which would really ruin any production.

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