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12-04-2004, 07:37 AM
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Right, that's pretty much the same with Avery. I would ask Mezaros or maybe Emery as well.
I usually agree with your thoughts, but I really couldnít disagree more about Avery and I see almost every Kingsí game. Being transplanted to the west coast gives me time to watch two games a day, an Eastern Conference game earlier on Center Ice, then Foxsportís ultra biased coverage of either the Kings or Ducks at night, although preferably the Kings (I hate Jim Fox
Right now I must say that Avery really isnít a very good agitator at all. Avery is one of the most, if not the most undisciplined player(s) in the whole league. A good agitator should be fairly subtle to the spectators and the officials, yet annoying as hell to his opponent, all the while staying cool, calm, and capable of turning the other cheek. Avery is annoying, but he fails in every other category that makes an agitator effective. Iíll guarantee you every other successful agitator has a game plan of what theyíre going to try and do to get a specific player off his game, but Avery just buzzes around the ice randomly going nuts most games. Itís not effective on most players, as itís blatantly obvious what heís doing, so it only works on players who canít control their temper (Forsberg and Bertuzzi.)
Having said all that, I canít figure out why in the world you think Sean Avery is so important to a team (heck, any team) being coached by Andy Murray. Murray rarely ever dresses enforcers and isnít fond of players as undisciplined as a guy like Avery. Avery doesnít have bad skills for the role he plays, however heíll never see the ice time he needs to put up more points than he did last year. He got decent ice time at the end of the year and did play better, but unless another catastrophe happens in L.A. thereís no way heís playing over 10 minutes a night, as he still is a liability to take stupid penalties.
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