Good work by the Kings to get a solid prospect like Cliche coming back, he had a pretty good WJC for Canada this year. Makes you think we probably would've overpaid for Avery if we'd gone after him based on the return the Kings got.
Cliche was a checking forward for Canada in the WJHC that usually doesn't equate to big things in the NHL. That said, he got some pieces in return for a guy who almost found himself without a contract a year ago due to his yapper. He should shine on broadway with that personality. To me a nothing deal both ways.
Seems like a pretty fair deal, in Ward the Kings get a guy that can play now but has little value I believe to either them or the Rangers, Cliche has ALRIGHT potential and will probably be a 3rd or 4th liner in this league, and that's what Avery is right now....fair deal. Now my hunch is that either Slats went to Shanahan or Shanny went to Slats about this deal. No matter who went to who, Shanny told Slats to do it because I know when Avery was comming up in Detroit the players raved about him and that he just needed a little leadership to get him going the right way and Shanny probably knows he can be that guy. Good move by the Rangers because they're DESPERATE for grit with some actual hands.
steal by the rangers more like it. ward is a 4th liner, and honestly is half the player he was last year. marek would have never played for the rangers as he is going to be asking for the max contract, and while i like cliche, i see him TOPS as a second line player....more likely a 3rd line player, which we have tons of.