Thread: Speculation: The Offseason Thread, Part I
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05-29-2011, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
WHY???? Why does this (largely false) idea that the Rangers 'need someone to protect his teammates' continue to permeate this board in the year 2011? How many teammates did Jody Shelley, Donald Brashear, and Derek Boogaard protect?

And framing that argument with Avery as a central figure? Who does he protect? Who does he fight? The answer is noone, and players that are his size/dont drop the gloves regularly. In fact, with his traditionally stupid antics, hes put more teammates in harms way than hes helped.

The 4th line/spare forward spot in the lineup that Avery would be challenging for is literally the last thing Im worried about. Put a goon there, put a skill player there - I dont care....just make sure its cheap. Thats an initial strike against Avery.
McCormick is not really a goon. He's a 4th line type of guy who will be there if his teammates need him to be. He can function on his own at least in the 4th line job description. Thinking that Prust can handle everything that comes the Rangers way is shortsighted. Brandon had a lot of fights at the beginning of last year and less towards the end partly because his shoulder was ****ed up. He's courting serious injury facing off against real goons and so a backup plan IMO is not a bad idea--at least it would take some of the onus off him to be there every single time. McCormick should not cost a ton of money--maybe in the 750K range. He's earned respect though from Buffalo posters on HF. He's responsible in his own end--he is capable of earning ice time.

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