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