Thread: Andrew Gross: Avery’s turn with Gaborik
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12-04-2010, 08:37 PM
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DrAStuart
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Avery's gotta know there's a target on his back (how can he not?)...It doesn't matter whether its fair or not...it just is. And it is going to be there for a while. Like it or not, that is Avery's cross to bear.
The EMS line works well...all three guys are clicking together. Aves has to play like he did at points last season...close to the edge, but knowing not to jump off that cliff. When he plays like that -- lots of energy, agitating and with confidence in the corners -- he is great.
But if he falls over that edge too often -- esp if he gets those 10 min misconducts -- then there won't be any choice but to move him back down the lineup.
I know it is sometimes hard to tell exactly how far is too far (and it is probably in different places with different officials)...but Aves has to be smart enough to figure it out game to game. If he does, then this could be a very good line for all three of them...I'd hate to see it dismantled because Aves can't find that balance.

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