Redden looks like a goner, Avery maybe
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04-14-2010, 12:18 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Auld - He is not a great goalie, big, but slow. I'd much rather give Chad Johnson a shot at backup, he would probably be cheaper and I believe he is A LOT more talented than Auld already.
Redden - This is a no brainer. We should have sent him to the minors 2 years ago.
Avery - I don't get the complaints about him. He had a few off games, but in general, he was decent, especially closer to the end of the season. I have a strong feeling that if he was in that last game against Philly, we would have won. He provides a number of intangibles that Prust does NOT have. Avery is more talented of course. But Avery also is a superior agitator. He does a great job on Brodeur, Kovalchuk and the likes...he gets them off their game. He draws penalties from the opposition, and we could have used a few more Power plays against Philly and Boucher. He also does a very good job, for a small guy, of keeping the puck in the other team's zone by cycling...something we did not do nearly enough of against Philly and it was a big reason why we lost that last game.
To me, Avery is key to this team for the role he provides. He has to stay.
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