Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lock Up Avery

Not often in the NHL does an "enforcer" have any actual hockey skills. Former player Ty Domi and current bruisers Donald Brasheer and Darcy Tucker are good examples of players that play hard, fight often but lack any real hockey ability. This is not the case for New York Rangers Left Wing Sean Avery. Acquired before the trade deadline last season from the Los Angeles Kings, Avery is the heart and soul of this Rangers team that is currenly riding a hot streak for the ages having not lost a game in regulation since February 7th against the Ducks. Avery has missed some time this season with shoulder and knee injuries but when he is healthy and on the ice, Sean is like no other player in the league. He complements Jaromir Jagr nicely and has been a defining impact on rookie sensation and line mate Brandon Dubinsky. Not only does Avery knock opponents on their rear end and play tough-as-nails hockey, but he sets up his teammates and has been on a scoring barrage lately. When asked about Darcy Tucker of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Avery said, " Darcy has always been a whiner. You say you don't like his hair and he'll be upset." With his contract set to expire at season's end, now is the time for Glen Sather and Rangers management to lock up Avery to a multi-year deal and keep the dynamic player and person in New York for the forseeable future.

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