The cost of Avery
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02-22-2007, 06:55 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Dirty Jerz
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Avery didn't run Brodeur on that play, he was taken out on the play, illegally at that. Interference. Same thing happened to Prucha, if the refs felt the desire to call it properly the goal wouldn't have happened. Also, the rush was 3 on 3, unfortunately the Ranger forward stopped skating at the blueline and let Parise skate in alone.
And if you want to point out a play where Avery may have cost us a goal, in all fairness you should point out the play where Avery was absolutely crucial in us scoring a goal by screening (and possibly bumping) Brodeur. So already it's a wash on the GF/GA argument. Plus...
Avery did get in Brodeur's head actually. Again, if the refs called it properly they would have handed Marty 2 for starting the ruckus... take note that the ref didn't have his hand up for the goalie interference until after the fighting commenced.
I see what you are saying about how he can cost us with his penalties but at the same token he draws more PP's than he gives up. He is a player that we lack... an agitator that can get under the opposition's skin. We have enough nice guys on the team, a balance must be struck if we want any success. And this is just my opinion, but once our agitators got going (Orr, Hollweg, Avery) in the 2nd period, the Rangers took over the game and in all honesty dominated the Devils for the rest of the period.
There's a good and a bad that comes with any player. Sure Jagr will score buckets and turn the other cheek when physically pressured, but maybe that style allows you to be intimidated and controlled. So either approach can cost you in a game, like I said, it's about balance and we were zero in the "sandpaper" category a few weeks ago.
I get what you're saying, but again I still don't think he's what you needed. Per se. The entire thing about running into Brodeur is obviously debatable on both sides. But if he gets you a goal and contributes to maybe one being scored doesn't that nullify his presence somwhat? Hockey isn't about being even, it's about being ahead.
I think its sort of funny how people are intent on believing its because I like NJ. I've hated the guy long before he ever got to NY. Think as you wish, I still think it's a reasonable discussion
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