Thread: Derek Dorsett
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04-06-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Ailurophile View Post
Agreed 100%.

Anyone who uses Avery and dirty in the same sentence or breath is biased beyond all bias, and never watched Avery perform any of his antics on ice, ever. The guy was never suspended for a dirty hit, and never made anything even remotely close to what is considered a dirty play by most standards. I can't even remember him dropping an intentional slewfoot.

Avery was a pest, Avery was a cocky ****-head who played a psychological game and knew how to take people off their own. You can argue all day whether or not it was respectful of the sport, classy or anything in that vein, and probably make a good case against him. However, no one can make a legitimate case for Avery being a dirty player by any stretch of the imagination without outright lying or confusing the terms dirty and agitator.

Like him or not he's not even in the same universe as Kaleta, Cooke, Torres, etc.

Edit: On topic, I am looking forward to see what kind of game Dorsett brings and for what it is worth I hope he is in the same vein as Avery. We miss that presence.
Keeping in mind I can't speak very well for whatever he did prior to becoming a Ranger--as a Red Wing or a King.

The better avenue to describe him in any case if you didn't like his persona or the controversy that seemed to follow him--is that he was classless. And there have been innuendoes about him using (a) racial perjorative(s) on Laraque ( if true he wasn't picking his spots there as Laraque would have easily destroyed him if they ever dropped the gloves) and remarks he made about French Canadian players that Ian Laperriere for one took exception to. All that happened (or didn't happen) before he became a Ranger. Whether it squares with his interest in the world of fashion (notable for its left leaning bias) or his defense of people's rights to marry whoever they please is another thing. He is and was a different kind of cat and actually I think in some respects a breath of fresh air. He wasn't inclined to give the usual stereotypical answers to the usual pat questions.

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