Even having an off year and mostly playing injured he outscores Avery.
A healthy Tucker would be a better fit for the Rangers, Avery is all talk no action.
Tucker scored 1 more point than Avery in 17 more games last year. Tucker was more productive in previous years, but the question is whether last year was an off year or the start of a decline in production. Considering their ages, I'd take Avery at a comparable price.
As much as I'm not a fan of Avery or the Rangers, look at the stats. The Rangers have a better record with him in the line-up.
He's extremely versatile and is the best pest in the game.As long as he stays on this side of clever and doesn't wander off into stupid, he is a great asset to the team.
I don't think he's worth more than 3.5 though. He's still gotta stay healthy.
The Rangers can win without him, but they haven't done much of it. If they lose him it won't be the end of times, but they should make a good case to keep him.
Avery should also realize that the Rangers kind of gave him a new career. He was not doing well in LA at all, kicked off the team the previous year, by most accounts not the most popular player in the locker room. He came to NY and they've given him a lot of room. Fromthe get-go he was given pretty good ice time and a chance to prove what he can do. If he got moved to another team last Feb he might be in absolutely no position to ask for $2m let alone $4m.
If Toronto buys him out... I'd take him on a 1-2 year deal if the price is right. I guess that makes me the minority lol. I prefer Avery, but if someone over-pays him then Tucker could be an option. Avery-Dubinsky-Tucker lol