Easton wrote:Avery is one of the only people in the NHL that I can honestly say I never want to see on the Penguins, ever. Never ever. Ever. Now I've said ever too much so it looks like a weird word.
Thankfully, GMs don't make hockey decisions around who the fans want to see on the team. That's why fantasy hockey was invented.
If someone wants to make a hockey argument as to why a certain player - like Avery - would or would not be good on the team, please do. But please remember that whether you like/hate a player on personal level is irrelevant
and any GM that operates that way will have a very short career in the NHL. If Shero worried about whether the players were happy with his personnel changes, Armstrong would still be on the team.
Look up all the issues with Avery and the Stars. The entire locker room is upset. The Stars were a Stanley Cup favorite coming into the year and only made one major acquisition: Sean Avery. They are now at the bottom of the West standings... that's a BIG fall. Is this not hockey related enough?
Stats wise, he has 2 goals and 7 assists in 20 games and ranks 1st in PIMs.
That's 3.875M for 9 points and 77 PIMs. That right there is enough reason to say get away. Add in the whole locker room issue and no way.
To be fair, I was for at least looking at picking him up in the offseason until I saw his price tag. Now there is no way I would ever consider it.
As a side note, all of the following players on the Pens have equal or greater production than Avery:
Letang 0-9-9 685K
Goligoski 4-6-10 895k
Staal 7-5-12 850K
Sykora 4-8-12 2.5M
Kennedy 5-8-13 550k
Satan 9-7-16 3.5M
Cooke and Fedotenko are 1 point behind with less games played, and their salaries are 1.2M and 2.25M respectively.
So why would even a GM like Shero have a reason to sign this guy?