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From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
Must admit, I felt kind of “dirty” watching the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers Monday night. Why? Well, I was glued to the game for one reason and one reason only—Sean Avery
You never know what is going to happen during a game Avery participates in, especially coming back to NYC to take on his former team. The back of my brain was thinking “train wreck,” my heart was saying “get the game over before the wreck occurs.”
continued with notes on various topics today
Stan Fischler of Game On talks with Sean Avery after the Stars defeated the Rangers last night.
The Hockey Show asks the fans of New York City what there feeling is on Sean Avery’s return to MSG.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sean Avery returns to the Garden tonight as an anti-hero. Number 16 in the Stars’ lineup understands that. What he does not understand, however, are implications from one-time teammates that the Rangers are better off without him.
“If anyone feels that I was disruptive or had my own agenda, I wish those guys would have the [guts] to say it to my face,” Avery told The Post by phone late last week. “I don’t think I was disruptive or selfish.
“All I did was give everything I had for the team, I don’t think that was a question. If my [former] teammates feel that way about me, that would certainly be very disappointing.
“I played hard for my teammates.”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Maybe Thursday ends up being the kick in the pants the Stars need. They also need their top players to play as such. Morrow and Ribeiro are a combined minus-10. Turco’s 4.59 goals-against average is near the bottom of the league.
“You have to rely on your leaders,” Tippett said. “They’ve established themselves in that role — Brenden, Turk, Richards, Ribeiro. There are going to be some bumps for the kids. But in the end, the ones who have to have the biggest impact haven’t.”
from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,
I believe Richards, Zubov, Turco, Morrow, Modano, Lehtinen, Ribeiro and Avery all have some sort of non-movement clause. And, would you be interested in trading any of them?
My guess is they would move Philippe Boucher, but he’s injury-prone and makes $2.5 million a year. Plus, you would be taking away from the defense to fix the problem on defense. I guess if you wanted to move him and then sign a Keith Carney type for less money, that’s an option.
As far as forwards go, you could move Steve Ott ($1.425 million), but what can you add for that? You could also trade Loui Eriksson ($1.6 million) or Joel Lundqvist ($725,000), but again you have to ask if you can get anything worthwhile with that amount of money and you also have toa sk if it’s too early in their careers to risk moving them.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I knew it was a long shot, but I e-mailed the Dallas Stars asking whether Sean Avery would be interested in speaking with ESPN.com ahead of his big games next week in the New York area—Monday at the Rangers against his former team and Wednesday at New Jersey against Martin Brodeur.
Shockingly enough, I got a big “no” from the Stars.
“Sorry, but Mr. Avery is not doing any media right now,” Stars PR man Rob Scichili said in an e-mail. “He is not doing one-on-one/set-up interviews at all. He made that crystal clear to us yesterday.”
continued with more NHL topics inlcuding Duck, Avs and Fabian.
But the story of the night is obviously rookie Fabian Brunnstrom, who became the third guy in NHL history to get a hat trick in his debut.
Why didn’t the Swedish dude play in the first two games? That’s one of the questions we’ll ask when he head downstairs for postgame duties.
More at the Dallas Stars blog later, presumably.
*hat-tip to Roddie for the head’s up
from Razor With An Edge,
So what would Razor do to snap them out of their little funk?
Good Cop nurturing.
Bad Cop fanny kicking.
Good Cop wants to let them work through this, allow the leaders to grab ahold of the group and demand more.
Bad Cop wants to spark a flame thrower and singe some fuzzy arse hairs.
As Nashville play-by-play man Pete Webber said, it was a 3 ring circus out there. But I enjoyed the last ten seconds of the video, Avery was left speechless.
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