Rangers to trade Zuccarello ?
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08-19-2011, 10:21 PM
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Not trying to sound like a jerk but have you ever seen Rupp play? He can fight, win faceoffs, and score some occasional goals (usually against the Rangers)... he is not a super pest like Sean Avery. Rupp was brought here to handle some rough stuff, he is not a typical NHL enforcer, but he is filling Boogard's role, not Avery's. The only things they have in common is both will fight and both are best suited to be on the 3rd or 4th line. Avery also drew a ton of penalties, so just because you clearly dislike him you are ignoring the facts.
Fedotenko-Stepan-Avery... that is a grind down low line, just watch some highlights from the first game of the past season when the Rangers played the Sabres. Those goals came from work down low, not off the rush.
MZA was also benched at times and in some games really only saw the ice on the PP. You think he will be better based on what? Skating with Barb Underhill? He can work as hard as he wants, he is not a 3rd line player... he suffers from the same thing as Prucha, he is a top 6 player, being forced to play 3rd line where his lack of size, lack of speed, and defensive shortcomings will be exposed. For him to be his best he needs to be on a line with a finisher like Gabby or even Dubi IMO.
Avery is quite an expensive player for Depth purposes on a team that has little wiggle room in the cap. If you think MZA will beat Avery out for a roster spot you are more than entitled to that opinion, but if you are going to argue that someone who couldn't be trusted in the playoffs, was sent down because of that, and is being forced to play on the 3rd line when clearly they are not suited for that role you are mistaken. When it comes down to it, MZA can get top 6 ice in Hartford and be called up when he is needed, can't say that for Avery and that along with Avery would be slotted on the 3rd line where he belongs is why he wins that position as far as I am concerned.
And saying Torts does not like Avery is grasping at straws.
The league stepped up here and I think they did the right thing. Enough is enough. He's embarrassed himself, he's embarrassed the organization, he's embarrassed the league and he's embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn't belong in the league.
That is what John Tortorella said about Sean Avery when he was an analyst on TSN.
Grasping at straws?
I have seen Rupp play plenty and while he may not be as "pest-like" as Avery, he is still VERY hard to play against because of his size, skating, hitting and mean streak. On top of that he can actually fight heavyweights and he will most likely have a spot on the 4th line ahead of Avery. He fills his role better than what Avery could do.
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