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03-29-2007, 07:08 AM
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If Renney is serious about granting more ice time to Ryan Callahan, he needs to move the 22-year-old winger back to his natural right side. Callahan never has looked better than he did when he skated for most of two games on a line with Avery and Matt Cullen. Neither, for that matter, has Cullen, who played with more abrasiveness with Avery on his unit.
After missing a month, during most of which he was unable to do any physical work, Shanahan is essentially in the second week of training camp while his team is in a sprint to the finish. He's behind, in every way; every way other than presence, that is. Just the fact that he interceded in a post-whistle scrum involving Avery late in the second period, putting himself at risk should a hot-head have decided to take a swing at him, is testimony enough to his dedication and leadership.
Avery has played center the past four games, but he'll shift to the wing if Renney decides to move Martin Straka from Michael Nylander's and Jaromir Jagr's left side to center another unit. The coach will do that if he feels Jagr at this point is more effective playing with a big, physical, straight-line winger than with a pair of artists. If that's the call, Brad Isbister will return after sitting the last three games and thus bump a forward.
But who would it be?
Some random quotes from Brooks in the Post, the whole article is pretty interesting though.
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