So, the Rangers faltered at first under the reign of new bench boss John Tortorella. Then, they showed the potential of what a different system can bring to a team, by trouncing the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Saturday.
That being said, the roller-coaster just got a lot more fun, with the Rangers claiming maligned winger Sean Avery off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars.
To be honest, I find the way the league (and especially the Stars' organization, players, and coaching staff) treated Avery to be absolutely disgusting. So he goes on air and calls some broad his “sloppy seconds”. Big friggin' deal. It's a fact, and nothing anyone will say in response to my post will change my mind about that. It's like dating a girl in highschool and then seeing her taking a rotational flyer through the rest of the school. Tainted meat is just that: tainted. Avery was at least humourous in his approach to the cyclical nature in which his ex-girlfriends are popping up around the NHL. God Bless Ya Sean!
Anyway, the biggest issue now will be Tortorella's handling of Avery, especially in light of what he said about the super-pest while still sitting comfortably away from ground zero at a TSN analyst desk.
Tortorella said: “Enough is enough. He's embarrassed himself, he's embarrassed the (Dallas) organization, he's embarrassed the league and he's embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn't belong in the league.”
Sucks for you John, as not only is Avery coming back to the league, he's coming to your bench!
I believe Avery is really the Rangers' biggest deadline move, barring any team being stupid enough to take on one of Sather's blooper contracts (ie – Redden, Gomez, Drury). It does give the team some sandpaper, and especially against New Jersey, a psychological edge.
I'm hopeful the team actually does manage to find a sucker to take one of the big contracts, but I remain skeptical. I am of the belief that the Rangers will attempt a big trade, but will fail because of the dark economic cloud that has impaired everyone's natural impulsiveness.
While I find a certain anonymous hockey blogger funny, I am highly doubtful that the Rangers are chasing Alex Frolov, Keith Tkachuk and Jay Bouwmeester. If anything, they're likely looking for a bit of toughness in the forward ranks. An Ian Laperriere would seem like a good fit.
Obviously they're going to kick some tires on a scoring forward, but I believe we cap out at someone like a Milan Hejduk, not a Frolov. It's really a rental situation at best, again assuming we can't get some patsy to take Sather's blunders in return…
So, heading into deadline day, I believe we pretty much see what we're going to get for the rest of the season.
Thanks to Dallas for their “sloppy seconds”! Essentially we're getting Avery for what Slats was offering last offseason anyway!
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Written by Dan Rakusan
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