I was the first aboard the “Bring Avery Back” bandwagon. I told you all, but you wouldn’t listen, that Sean Avery would be great for this team, would play not only like an all-star but also a captain. I told you he would turn this team around and single-handedly pull them into the playoffs.
I told you so.
Ok, maybe not.
I had my doubts. I admit it. The guy has come here twice, and been nothing but a difference-maker both times. OK, he’s ticked off some teammates here, but he really hasn’t terribly misbehaved as a Ranger. Everywhere else he has worn out his welcome, but not here.
So I am here to admit my mistake. For $1.9 million the guy is a bargain, especially compared to some of the other people on the payroll making AIG executive-type money and doing less than AIG executives have done to earn it.
Give it up to Slats for getting him at half price, and believing Avery would do this if given a second chance. Give it up to Tortorella for changing his tune on Avery, too. I will withhold my long-term fears about Avery for now, and my main point against bringing him back — that the Rangers are so close to the cap already that another $1.9 M might hamper any off-season moves they try to make.
I doubt they could spend that $1.9 M and get a player who brings more to the table that Avery has brought so far. Too bad so many guys who make so much more don’t follow his lead.
I’ll address Avery more, no doubt, in the future. But I wanted to get it off my chest that I was wrong. (not the first time, not the last).
Now let’s see if he can drag them into the postseason.
Enjoy the game.