Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Avery v. Rangers: Part 2

And the smackdown continues!!

According to another
NY Post article Rangers management also included the following statement about Avery’s detrimental behavior in their arbitration brief:

"Avery is not a mature player. He plays, at times, like an individual rather than a member of a team. This is sometimes referred to as an inability to see the ice, and in Avery's case this seems to fit with his overall approach to the game."

Avery was directly corresponding with the NY Post (was he the one who leaked the contents of the brief?? Hmm…other fans think so) and apparently e-mailed them with the following response:

"I have no idea what to say. I don't know what this was about. I'm shocked."

Yeah, he’s shocked, because now he’s not sure how he’ll be able to afford the +$10 million wedding that he was planning with Elisha Cuthbert was planning. And for all the male fans out there, Elisha Cuthbert cannot be considered hot if she has no problem adventuring out in public looking like a bag lady, albeit a very expensive bag lady. One horrid public appearance is enough to knock her off the Hot List.

Back to the Avery-Rangers Deathmatch:
Wow, the Rangers sure know how to come out fighting. I bet the game plan was something like this:
Let’s overpay for Gomez and Drury, make Shanny look poor, and beat down Avery with a stick till he’s begging us to take him back. Or even better, if we beat him up enough maybe he’ll pay us to bring him back.

I’ll admit today that the Rangers are correct in stating that Avery is an immature player who, more often than not, thinks about himself as opposed to the team. However, I still think he can be an effective player for the right team and management. Hold the leash too tight and he’ll go ape-shit, but don’t even tie him to a leash and he’ll start thinking he’s God’s gift to a hockey club.

If the arbitration hearing takes past seasons into account, mainly the seasons he was with the Kings, then Avery is fucked. But if they only look at his track record with the Rangers, then he might win his arbitration hearing because he wasn’t nearly as detrimental to the Rangers as he was to the Kings.

Good Luck Aves, I’m rooting for you! (But only because I want to see the Rangers get crapped on.)


Heather B. said...

I'm feeling like this could potentially mess with the Rangers either way. If they take Avery's award, they could be in cap hell. If they walk away from him, they could be losing out because despite what Slather said in the hearing, Avery clearly brought something to the team that didn't exist there before. I don't really see Drury or Gomez taking on that role.

I do think it's funny that the guy who brags about being the most hated guy in hockey sounds devastated about people saying negative things about him.

KMS2 said...

I don't know much about the Rangers but it doesn't seem like they have anyone else on the team who will start crap and agitate other teams. And you bring up a good point: it is quite hilarious that all of a sudden Avery is saying, "Huh? Me? Selfish? Management doesn't like me?" He knows that he rubs teams the wrong way, but it's finally catching up to him.

Bitchany said...

There is a teeny tiny spot in my heart that kind of feels bad...but, I don't think I feel THAT bad because this is the path he wanted to take he knows what it involves but still poor little guffer...haha.