"The problem for Avery this season was that there was not enough of that kind of action. How many times was he around the crease, drawing shoves from opponents to take them off their game? That was the way that Avery played in the playoffs, and his overall performance rose as a result. The problem for Avery, going forward, is that he remains a marked man in the league, and often appears subject to a different set of rules. Witness the slashing penalty against him in Game 4 against the Capitals that led to the tying goal, four seconds after Washington's power play ended. Or, better yet, don't witness it. It still is no excuse for the Rangers letting a three-goal lead get away in that game, but it stands as a point on Avery's game."
Spector adds that the most memorable part of Avery's season might have been our All Star write-in campaign for him.
...i've definitely done a flip flop on Avery this season. I finally had enough of making excuses for the guy and realize he's not the same player the Rangers got in 2007. While it was nice to see a glimpse of the old Avery in the playoffs, not sure I'm convinced he's officially back. Man that hurts to say.
...what also has me thinking the Rangers are better off cutting ties with Avery is the team's need to open up cap space for a legitimate scoring threat. I feel at this point Prust can fill the agitator role much better than Avery while also being able to chip in some goals. The Rangers biggest issue all season was scoring and while his playoff resurgence was appreciated the fact remains he was held scoreless after scoring just three goals in 76 regular season games. His salary could be used to sweeten the pot to bring in Richards.
...Torts post season comments don't sound good for an Avery return, so there is a good chance he will be traded, bought out or demoted to the Whale.
For Spector's thoughts on Artem Anisimov click here.
I believe Avery is a Dark Horse. He just needs to get on a line with the right person and I believe that can explode his potential wide open. How many times was he down low keeping possession and making plays? A lot more than a lot of the other Ranger forwards... I say let him play his game, get him onto the right line and then sit back and let him deliver. I think he needs more minutes, most shifts he does play he is effective. He just needs to send more of those low down pucks and battles more to the net.
Hopefully Avery impressed someone in the playoffs and we can get a draft pick. I'll take a 7th round pick for Avery. Just clear the salary. I would try to trade Wolski too for any pick. The guy just has hands, can't forecheck, backcheck, check any one, or do anything. He's actually half decent at shootouts but I think the Rangers shouldn't be worried about that and win in regulation.
@cjbnyr He didn't just try, he did leave. Not necessarily all his fault tho.
@KevinDeLury agreed, who wouldnt take the money hull gave him. my point was that hes not exactly a victim in all of this