The NY papers are breaking news today that Sean Avery contract talks have been called off ! Are you kidding me? Those of you who still think Sean is the most overrated,worthless,blah blah, in the league can line up and watch you favorite team start bidding the summer. If you still don't think he's good, look at the Rangers record with or without Avery. The deadline move last year that sent him from LA to NY,catapulted the Rangers into the playoffs. Sure Lundqvist stepped up his game,but Avery was the one who got in the Brodeurs face. Avery stepped all over his hometown team in a big spring game against the Leafs. Jesus I'm done explaining. Just look at the work he has put in this season,solidifying a Rangers first line unit. We're talking about a player who is well like in the locker room,and fits the mold of what a Ranger should be.
Fitting the Ranger mold has been blurred the last few seasons, despite the teams winning record. It wasn't clear what route the team wanted to go in. Maybe they were a European based around offense,or possibly a team this year based on defense. Either way one thing is clear the team wants to be based around hard working two way players. Avery is great at both ends of the ice and no one around the NHL or in the stands can question his grit. Shannahan said a few weeks ago that Ryan Callahan is the "TYPE" of player the Rangers want their team to be. Well they may not be the biggest club ,but the size of their heart is tremendous. The new Rangers mold appears to be headed toward the Bulldog player. A guy that can stand up for himself,score,skate,and finish. Having a Bulldog, I know what their about. They are loyal and a force to be messed with when its time to play. There is no question of # 16's loyalty to his club. A few weeks before the deadline last year the call went out. Sean was interviewed on a Satellite radio program and talked about his desire to play in NY. Disregarding the possibilities of a fine or slap from his current team,Sean said " I'd turn that place upside down." His desire to skate on Broadway and at the Garden began before his first game in NY. It's time for the fans to pay him back. I hope we can start a bring back Avery campaign. The thought of him playing on any other club in the NHL is crazy.Just think of Avery skating in NJ or Philadelphia. After watching the Bruins get jumped last night in DC is there any question that he wouldn't be a fan favorite in Bean Town. Just look at how the B's fell in love with former Ranger P.J. Stock and he's not even half the player Avery is. Worse is that the Rangers would have to face him 6-8 times a year. Imagine Avery skating on the Islanders or in Montreal, a team just on the border of greatness. The Habs went out and tried to get Garth Murray ( former Ranger) and it didn't work. Adding him to that club could put them over the edge.With his love of high fashion and the ladies there is no doubt big city metropolitan clubs will try to land this guy. A line of Kane or Towes with Avery in Chicago hmmmmm. A team with a healthy Tucker and Avery in Toronto,wow. I know he said he didn't want to play their but they love gritty players and money talks.Again that's a lot of hockey against his former club.
Sather reminds me of Brian Cox more and more. Cox always plays a poophead in movies. He's the Army General in X2 who created Wolverine. He's the deadbeat uncle in the Ringer with Jonnie Knoxville too. I hope Sather doesn't pull a deadbeat move and let Avery walk. From a marketing standpoint alone it would be a disaster. The amount of jerseys he sells,the love affair with mainstream media,the heart in the locker room. Sather is the same guy who traded away Adam Graves to the Sharks for who? I remember Graveys first game back as the Sharks bit him right in the ass. We stood an applauded # 9 and took the early train home. Only a year ago or so did Sather realize how much his value meant to the team on and off the ice. Slats is making every effort to pay him back,the latest by retiring his #. You think that Cox,I mean Sather would not want to get burned again and prevent this debacle. I hope anyone that reads this can help be get this "Bring Aves Back" petition off the ground. I really hope that the wise architect Slats stops acting like a C&* ,ummm actor.
I love Avery and would love to see him back next year, but signing him long term at $4 million plus a season could blow up in Sathers face. So far we have only seen Avery "behave" on a year to year basis, while also being under the watchful eye of some key veterans who may not be back next year and certainly wont be their for the remainder of a new Avery contract. I hope Avery has matured and that he will never revert back to his old ways, but Slats being careful with what he offers Avery is very understandable. Avery brings a lot to the table and I hope hes back, but I am also glad Sather hasn't just given into his demands either.
"The new Rangers mold appears to be headed toward the Bulldog player. A guy that can stand up for himself,score,skate,and finish. Having a Bulldog, I know what their about. They are loyal and a force to be messed with when its time to play."Always a plus to own a Bulldog. Nothing better in dogdom. Speaking from experience myself, having owned them for 30 years and as a dog show judge. Don't think Avery will be coming back to the Wings, though. Despite his good qualities as a player he kind of wore out his welcome around here. So, you can probably take the Wings out of your bidding pool.
Yeah I hear you but we have to look at the large amount of cap space the Rangers will have next year. Avery had also been able to fit into every line he's been on. He was a tutor and the vet on the line with the kids. Now he's the missing piece on the top line.Again the prospect of losing him to a rival is far worse to me than spending 4 million
Thats for reading Anne. I've heard that Sean wore out his welcome before. With the wings it looked like he was an immature spare part. With the Kings he was a sideshow with not much talent around him. Now, he looks to have found his fit and maturity level. The biggest thing is he wants to be a Rangers,and wanted to before he put on his skates here.
I actually think cap space is one of the issues. Sure the Rangers could potentially lose some players to free agency that will free up some space, but those players (mainly defenseman) still need to be replaced. With Hank, Drury, and Gomez all locked up to expensive long term deals, the Rangers need to be very careful with every contract that they hand out from here on out. Eventually Dubi, Staal, Callahan and hopefully even Sangs and Cherepanov will need to be resigned to larger contracts as well. Right now signing Avery for 5 years at 4 mill plus seems like a good idea, but it might not seem so good if five years from now we lose one of our younger studs to free agency because we don't have the space. This is all hypothetical, but it is something Sather has to look at. I don't think its fair to think hes not resigning Avery because he doesn't like him or because hes just being stubborn. Two months ago no one would have wanted to sign Avery for 4 mill plus because he was struggling and seemed to be injury prone. Now after a hot streak everyone is back on the Avery bandwagon. Like I said before, I love him and think the Rangers need him, but good for Slats for not doing being a crowd pleaser and actually taking his time with the deal.
Yeah I wouldn't go crazy either but I'm sure Aves is looking for at least Tucker money and Tucker is slowing down. Sean still has a lot of hockey left so hows 3 yeas at 3.5
Tucker's been speeding up again as of late, and I wouldn't mine having Avery on the Leafs.
I hope you guys keep him just for what he brings to the Isles/Rags rivalry. I hated it when you guys traded Barnaby. The Barnaby-Asham fights were classic, and as much as I despised Barnaby, I loved knowing we were going up against him. Same goes for Crack-head Theo. For the sake of the rivalry, you guys better keep him! (And I say you guys better keep him because I don't want him on my team lol)