Is this the Bizzaro world we're living in...?
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03-09-2007, 12:16 PM
I Am Chariot
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Just thinking....Dubi looking good, Jessiman showing improvement, Mara appears to be better than we thought, and we are now officially in the 8th spot and playing excellent hockey with some of our BEST PLAYERS out with injury....Who'd have thought it..?
I'm not surprised. Its about time they stopped looking around at each other and play as a team.
Jagr is a GREAT piece of the puzzle. I know he's a monster with the puck, but the team in general has been guilty of stargazing in his general direction while the play unfolds around them.
Finally we see EVERYBODY really putting their best game on the ice. Jagr is as valuable as a distraction to the other team as he is a scorer as long as he's not a distraction on this team as well.
Breaking up the top line was a risky move but a great move. Isbister? Avery? on the 1st line with Jags. Who would have thought?
It's a domino effect. Guys see other guys elevating their game, HOSSA, PRUCHA CULLEN, and it's contagious.
I have no doubt that Sean Avery is the spark behind this new look to the team. He's like the most hated player in the NHL no matter how much skill and heart he shows on every shift. The Rangers play better as an Underdog. Sean has been an Underdog his whole career and you really get the sense that he kind of digs it. He certainly doesn't ever let it keep him from giving 100% on every shift. That has to be a BIG influence on the younger players trying harder, elavating their game to NEW heights.
Avery wasn't even drafted. He's the ultimate underdog. What effect do you think that has on a forever praised prospect coming through the system to see this guy who wasnt even drafted excelling at the NHL level through hard work on his skills and a supreme effort on every shift?
On one side you have Jagr who has more natural talent and skill playing with one arm than most players in the world
On the other side you have Sean Avery who by all odds shouldn't even be playing in the NHL yet he is consistantly one of the most key guys in the game!
It's a beautiful balance really
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