Has Avery Just Played Himself Off This Team?
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03-16-2011, 10:20 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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that is true. In the third he crashed the net redirected a puck and came within a millimeter of scoring (the puck hit the edge of the goalie's skate and went just wide). If he scores does everyone's mood change? Last night one of the Penguins kicked the puck into the net and it counted similar to Avery's disallowed goal where the puck hit his skate in the air (although it did look like he kicked it). If Toronto gives him the goal is he cut more slack?
He is unique especially in a long series where the hate builds up. Prust is a tough guy but he's not an agitator. Aves is really our only agitator and every team needs one. Zucc has the potential to drive people crazy as well. Guys are always going after him after the whistle.
If scores last night does my mood change? No. Like I said, last night didn't change a lot in my mind about him. He's had a bad season. He's had an ineffective season. There are any number of reasons for that, but at this point he didn't bring much to the ice. He's a bit like Lindros was at the end — in order to be effective he needs to play in a way where there are risks and concerns. What I don't understand is he's getting called for penalties regardless of the way he's playing.
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