I was skeptical about bringing him in at first, but being that we gave up so little, I didn't mind it all that much. He's been absolutely great. He hasn't turtled, or taken stupid penalties. He's done his job here, and he's scoring.
He's been one of the best things to happen to this team in a while.
Anyone else notice that Avery has chemistry with pretty much anyone he plays with? You can't teach that.
Part of it has to be the fact that he has some offensive skill and hockey sense to go along with the grit aspect of his game. You can put him on a line with Jagr and Nylander and he doesn't look out of place because he can skate, pass and shoot in a way that guys like Ortmeyer and Hollweg can't. Then you can also drop him down to a checking line with more north-south, rough-and-tumble players and he fits in there too because he crashes the net and goes into the corners.
The change in the Rangers attitude during games--the chippiness and snarl that they have now--has been the greatest benefit from his acquisition. And he's a distraction to the opposition.
So can we just retire his number now seeing as how he is already the greatest player to ever lace up the skates. We retire #16, then have him switch to #66 like Jagr suggested, then in 10 years retire 66 also.