“Bettman has only a marginal interest in the weaker teams. He only wants the NHL to make a bigger profit as a whole.” -- Dominik Hasek

April 18, 2007

Good Work, Jerk

photo courtesy Julie Jacobson/AP

You've got to hand it to Sean Avery. Well, under normal circumstances, we'd like to hand him his ass in an old-school hockey beat-down, as he is still the most hated man in hockey. But he's really come into his own with the Rangers, especially in their first round playoff series against the Thrashers.

Just last night, as the Blueshirts continued their utter domination of the poor saps from Atlanta in Game 3 of their series, Avery scored two assists and managed to amass 19 penalty minutes by fighting both Ilya Kovalchuk and Keith Tkachuk. We're sure if Dale Hawerchuk was still playing, Avery would have fought him too.

In Game 2, Avery tallied a goal and an assist. To say the least, he's on quite a roll.

While we still feel that the world would be a better place if Avery was accidentally struck by a very large, very fast-moving object like this or this, it is good to see the Rangers successful in the playoffs. If only one Original Six team makes it far this year, we'd prefer the Rangers over the Dead Wings any day.


FAUXRUMORS 2 said...

1) Avery certainly has cemented his being the biggest dick in the NHL, however as you wrote he is doing his job screwing with the heads of his opponents
2) Ofcourse the saps on Atlanta didn't need much help there. Geez they're performance in that series was disgraceful!

Zanstorm said...

Rangers over the Wings anyday!

I can't believe how well Avery fits in in NY. He's exactly what they needed.
The real test for the Rangers will come in round 2 though. The Thrashers weren't that good in the first place.

Dear Lord Stanley said...

It's a really big stretch, but Avery's move to NY and his effect there kind of remind me of Messier's. Messier wasn't just a great leader, he was also a giant dick, and had a way of messing with the heads of opposing teams. Avery's no leader like Messier, but that's where Shanahan comes in.

I think the Rangers are a stronger team right now than they have been in a very long time. The addition of Avery and Shanahan was a great move on management's part.

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