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07-02-2006, 10:49 PM
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That's a huge stretch. Avery didn't mature playing with STEVE YZERMAN. You really think Rob Blake is going to turn him around?
Do you know what you're talking about? Avery wasn't as brash on the Wings as he was on the Kings. He was on a try-out as a training camp invite, earned himself a pro contract and worked his way on the Wings roster while Scotty Bowman was coaching them.
If you bothered to watch "The Season" on ESPN when they covered the Red Wings, you'd realize that Avery was well-liked and Bowman saw him as an asset. In LA, Avery clashed with the coaches and had nobody tame him (besides Norstrom a couple of times). Avery is said to be VERY vocal and it upset teammates when he started questioning the effort of some of his teammates.
After interviewing the players and staff, why did Lombardi elect to retain Sean Avery? Before opening your mouth, let's see how Avery responds this season playing under a new coaching staff and with more leaders in the locker room.
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