Thread: Larry Brooks: Sather keeps Avery in limbo
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01-19-2012, 09:14 AM
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I'm not an Avery fanboy, nor am I an Avery detractor. I'm not going to compare him to other Rangers, talk about his relationship with Torts, or even talk about talent.

When Avery was allowed to play "his game", he was VERY effective, but, In my opinion, the sad fact is that the refs will not let Avery play "his game" anymore - think back to our playoff series against Atlanta, before Avery signed with Dallas, when Kovy practically tried to throttle him on the ice as the definition of what I mean by "his game". If Avery is not allowed by the league to play "his game", he becomes a liability on the ice.

Is this fair? Absolutely not - there are other NHL players with less talent who do way worse things on the ice than Sean Avery, but I think it is what it is, and if Avery wants to play in the NHL, he is going to have to use his time in Connecticut to reinvent himself - working on positioning and backchecking would be a huge start. Just my $0.02

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