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02-21-2011, 05:39 PM
eco's bones
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Originally Posted by chosen View Post
When Redden, Drury, and Rozy were the targets, everyone (almost) piled on. When it's Avery, some folks all of a sudden don't think it's "fair". Hey, we have one thread dedicated to the suckiness of Redden as a pinned entity. But Avery has "excuses" for his bad play.

My favorite comment in the thread so far, is that fans that watch the game can see that Avery is playing well, presuming that those of us who aren't happy with him are just reading box scores. Priceless.
There are degrees of piling on here. When you have a d-man such as Redden being paid $6.5 mil per to be a No. 1 d-man and is having a hard time even holding his own as a bottom pairing guy it means for one thing that the team is financially stymied from getting another player who can truly fill the No. 1 d-man role which in effect for the Rangers was compounded by a $7 mil per year center who can't even fill a 4th line center position this year. Avery has not been playing very well but he's still NHL caliber--he can still put up some points--has always been a third liner who could move up to top 6 in a crunch--maybe not so much now. Avery is overpaid but the cap hit on the Rangers of $2 mil is not something that stops the team from pursuing other options because it does not create nearly as huge a hole as $6.5 and $7 mil + contracts do and the fact of the matter is the Rangers are paying all those contracts and Avery is a better player than both Drury and Redden and costing the team a lot less. So maybe you think Drury and Redden are capable of more than cashing their checks?

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