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03-29-2010, 04:15 PM
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I like Avery. I wouldn't argue with Bluenote13 that some day we might get past him like we did with Domi and be better for it but a couple comments on this.
First, he has only been suspended once by the NHL and it was for an off the ice issue.
Second, this year he has 31 pts. in 69 games. In 08-09 he had 22 in only 41 which would pro rate out to a 44 pt. season. In 07-08 he had 33 pts. in 57 games--which again would prorate him somewhere closer to 50 pts. In 06-07 he had 48 pts. in 84 games and in 05-06 he had 39 pts in 75 games. Those totals five years in a row make him at least a 40 point player at least when he stays healthy and since there have been a couple instances of that--that is where I would put him.
For the $2 mil we are paying him he's ahead of our captain in points this season who we're paying over $7 mil per for. If anything Sean gets even less pwp time than Chris does.
Not every Ranger story has to involve whipping boys Drury and Redden. It's not my fault that Avery doesn't play full seasons very often. That is a negative, not a positive. Staying healthy is an asset.
My central point remains the same: The amount of ink he receives is incredibly disproportionate to the positives he brings to the team.
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