I don’t know what Rangers’ cap guru Cam Hope gets paid, but I’m sure he does OK.
(As an aside, wouldn’t it be funny if the salary cap had to include the salary for the guy who is supposed to figure out the salary cap? Oh, never mind…)
And I’m sure it’s with situations like Sean Avery’s that he’s forced to earn his money. As many of you have already noted, the Avery situation is complicated. For one, he’s not a guy whose value you can quantify through goals and assists. And for another, he’s a guy who comes with
a ton at least a little bit of baggage.
For what it’s worth, I think Avery has emerged as an impressive player in his time in New York. For all the talk about him being an agitator and a sideshow and dater of Hollywood starlets, he’s also an exceptional skater who has both an edge and a formidable offensive game. Is that worth $2.5 million? Three million? I don’t know.
I know if I were Glen Sather and I’ve already painted myself into a corner with some of the hefty contracts I’ve handed out, I’d have reservations about a player whose all-out style of play evidently puts him at increased risk of injury. I’d also be nervous about a player who might not have Brendan Shanahan or even Jaromir Jagr to keep him in check next season.
But Avery has his own well-being to worry about. Fact is, when you’re generously listed at 5-foot-10 and take on the battles of a much bigger player, you can’t rely on much of a shelf life in this league. Now may be his time to cash in on a payday, so he has reasons to play hardball. And maybe the only way to find out what he’s worth is to see what’s out there on the market on July 1.
Again, if I were one of Avery’s teammates, I wouldn’t be thrilled with all this being out in the open at such a crucial point in the season. But Avery opted to make it that way. And when he walked out of the dressing room after officially ending his three-week media boycott, he joked to a group of us, “It’s good to be back.”