Only in the USA can you truly rock the vote.
A kid like Sanjaya Malakar can croak out tunes to the top seven on American Idol. Bristol Palin can cha-cha to the finals on Dancing with the Stars. Sean Avery can break the top 30 in 2010 All-Star votes.
The lovable and despised perrenial Rangers’ pest has more than 17,000 votes in the early fan balloting results released by NHL.com today.
That’s more than Teemu Selanne, Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash and 10,000 more votes than the Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk. Zing.
The Avery write-in campaign has gained momentum thanks to fan blogs and Twitter. While it would be amusing to see him work his way up the list and ponder what it would be like should he actually make the lineup in Raleigh–pending the drop in temperature in Hell– three other Rangers are far more deserving of write-ins at the moment.
Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan carried the team while Marian Gaborik was injured and Dan Girardi has blocked shot after shot and been the most solid on the back end.
Ever since the Smid sucker-punch fiasco, Avery’s been clocking mini-minutes on the fourth line. He’s averaging only 12:56 minutes of ice time per game. Coach John Tortorella should unleash his menace and let him work his crazy magic. He has an offensive side–pun intended– and being buried on the bottom with mere grinders like Boogeyman or invisibles like White and Christensen isn’t going to do him or the team any good. They need the goals. They need the forecheck and the pressure behind the net in the zone.
They need Avery being Avery. Now would be a good time to earn those votes and make the “race” even more entertaining.
He may not be an All-Star or a Lady Byng candidate, but he is a Ranger that fans can’t help but love to watch and vote for.
Seen Stamkos?The Tampa Lightning phenom is fourth amongst forwards with 78, 833 votes thus far. Not cool. This kid is driving a wedge between the all too familiar Superman vs. Batman, I mean Crosby vs. Ovechkin debate. He’s been far more dynamic than the Great 8 so far this season. He’s tied with Crosby with 35 points and leads the league with 20 goals. If anyone should be leading the votes, it’s Stamkos. It’s time to include Spiderman in the conversation.
Speaking of superheroes: Anyone else concerned about the cheesiness factor of Stan Lee’s Guardians set to be unveiled at the All-Star game? The Marvel comic book legend is in the works to create 30 team-themed NHL super heroes. A marketing extravaganza at its finest–or most desperate. Perhaps the Guardian Project will be weaved into the new All-Star jersey designs and team names since it’s no longer going to be East vs. West. Instead a player draft, conducted by the All-Star players themselves, will determine the rosters for each team. The 2011 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will be Friday, Jan. 28, to kick off All-Star Weekend.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)