From the “credit where credit is due” department, The New York Rangers Blog is the driving force behind the Sean Avery write-in (e-ballot box stuffing) campaign, and Avery is up to 20th among forwards with, at last count, some 64,000 type-in votes.
That’s not going to be enough, not when the top guys are all in six figures, approaching or above 200,000. He’s second among write-in forwards behind Claude Giroux, who has almost 148,000. But it is still pretty impressive for a guy who’s spent most of his time on the fourth line and is pretty well, um, disliked around the league.
But I must claim our little bit of credit, because back in mid-November, the day the ballot came out, I suggested we do a write-in campaign of our own. I wasn’t gung-ho about it, just making conversation. Some of you guys suggested we write-in Prust or Boyle. But a lot of you wanted to vote for Avery, if for no other reason than it would drive the NHL HQ people, especially the commissioner, nuts if Avery got in. Some even suggested the all-star game would be canceled if that happened.
So I’m just wondering how many of youse (besides Blogmama) actually voted for Avery.
Meanwhile, here are some photos from the Rangers’ Toy Drive yesterday, from the team web site.
I’m not big on discussing line combos, as you guys know. But I do like the idea that they’re going to try Stepan again with Gaborik (and Fedotenko, not Frolov) and they’re going to reunite the Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan line. I’d like to see Avery get another shot with Gaborik, or, if Fedotenko is going to play there, I’d put Avery with Boyle and Prust and keep Frolov on the fourth line for a while longer. But what do I know?