If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

November 7, 2011, by

The Rangers are in the middle of a four game winning streak. A streak where they have looked dominant against some teams, and managed to get victories in games where they may not have shown up for the majority of the game. The top three lines are clicking, the defense pairs are playing above and beyond anything expected, and the goaltending has been spectacular. But yet, there are still some whispers about when Sean Avery will be “unleashed.”

There is an old adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This holds true with the Rangers on this current streak. Sean Avery has only been gettingĀ five minutes a game, but the top three lines have been superb thus far. The problem with trying to get Avery more minutes is that those minutes have to come from someone else. There is not a single person on the top three lines that Avery can replace without having a negative effect on the overall product on the ice.

The main argument is that he should be taking time from some of the veterans playing over 20 minutes per game, specifically Brad Richards. The problem with that logic is that Richards is getting almost five minutes per game on the powerplay, thus he is only playing 18 minutes at even strength. Eighteen minutes is normal for a top line center, and 23 minutes is normal for someone who is the powerplay quarterback.

The only other forward to play more than 20 minutes is Ryan Callahan, who plays on the powerplay and the penalty kill. Should minutes be taken away from him to make more ice time for Avery? I think a better question is would you prefer to have Avery on the ice on special teams over Callahan? The answer here should be a resounding no.

So while Avery’s recall has apparently provided some spark –the Rangers are 4-0 since the news of his recall broke, the thought of getting him more time is just irresponsible for the time being. The Rangers are winning, and there is not a soul on the top three lines that should be dropped. Sometimes, you have to make it work with what you have, and Avery has been doing that thus far. It’s about the team, not the player.

Categories : Rants


  1. Matt J says:

    So basically the rangers are playing well because of Avery and all of his on ice contributions.

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I would rather suit up Anton Stralman for a few games and go with 7 defensemen for a few games and let us see what he has to add to the powerplay over taking out Woywitka or Eminger. Here is another example of if it is not broke, don’t fix it. Powerplay is broke though and maybe Stralman adds to the team playing forward.

    • Bobby G says:

      Our PP is far from broke. It’s been great since we started playing home games.

      • Leatherneckinlv says:

        1 for 9 against Montreal, extended 5 0n 3 last night with no success…yeah it sure is a great powerplay

      • Dave says:

        13.6% is far from great.

        • Bobby G says:

          Well to be fair that’s the overall %. I don’t know the exact percentage in the past 6 games but it must be much higher. I wasn’t saying our PP is great overall, just in the past 6 games or so.

          • Dave says:

            18.6% if you omit the first four games. Still nothing stellar.

            Besides, omitting the first four games out of 13 (30% of the games) is a bit biased, no?

            • Bobby G says:

              Aah fair enough, fair enough. I didn’t want to do the math but I thought it was more in the low 20s. I was omitting the first 4 games just to point out the recent improvements. I guess it still needs some work.

    • RangerSmurf says:

      Who sits to play 7 d-men?

      Also, we saw last year with McCabe and are seeing it now with Richards, there’s a lot more wrong with our PP than who the point man is.

      • Dave says:

        You mean people need to skate on the powerplay? Staying in static positions doesn’t work?

  3. ArtyFan says:

    Dave, I have to ask you what exactly you like in our 3rd line? Scoring touch? D game? Do you think Boyle will go like last year? Even Prust game not like he played like season. What exactly do you like there? 2nd line? Cally and Richie in the game every night last games, but Dubi is still in ore-season… Don’t you think he is lost man on the ice( when we need to score and crash the net )for now?

    • Dave says:

      I like that when we get some more depth from the kids (when they are ready…Kreider/Thomas/Hagelin/Bourque), that our third line will be our fourth line, where they should be. Sure, they aren’t putting up points like they were last year, but I’ve been saying for a while that last year was an aberition for Boyle.

      Dubi may not be putting pucks in the net, but he’s doing a lot of other things right. It’s not always about scoring goals.

      • Chris in MA says:

        Thank you for that note about Dubi. So many people seem to be on his back because he’s not scoring. And yes, it sucks that hes not producing. But he is far from playing poorly.

      • The Suit says:

        Agree with Dave, Dubi has played very well the last few games.

        He may not be scoring, but he’s moving the puck, he’s forechecking, winning board battles, faceoffs, setting up plays, etc. That line has been gold for us, hopefully they can maintain it.

      • ArtyFan says:

        I can’t deny Dubi’s other thing, but he was given 4ml+ per for doing something? He is lost and frustrated now. Excuses? 5th season and he isn’t kid anymore. =~20min per game…. should put puck in the net that he is paying for. Count how many SOG he did this season? Impressive? Maybe stop overhyping him would be the right thing? Can you call at least one of five consistent season with us? Thank you

        • The Suit says:

          Dubi is going to be an inconsistent 20-25 goal scorer. This is not new. So long as he executes the other aspects of hockey that I mentioned in my previous comment, we can point the finger elsewhere.

          • ArtyFan says:

            4ml+, inconsistent 20-25 goal scorer? Higgi was paid 1.8ml with Habs doing the same, his 1st stop was injury. I don’t even mention Dubi’s scoring, he is very shy to shoot the puck now. Don’t get your point that we have to be patient. Is he in development mode? If yes $$ should be adjusted to performance and scoreboard.

            • Dave says:

              “Inconsistent 20-25 goal scorer” means he is streaky, and will not score consistently. He gets his points in bunches.

              He is doing everything right in other aspects of the games…goals will come.

  4. Mikeyyyy says:

    Man I need to update my avery on the ice win loss record.

    You can say what you want it’s not just on ice contributions. When hank says it feels normal to have him back that says volumes.

    Kinda goes back to 1993/4. Anyone remember a guy called Ed olchychckck. I remember it being said that he was a fabulous locker room and practice guy. He never got lots of ice time but made an impact on the team. Kinda like Rudy.

    Sean avery is this teams Rudy. Like it or not.

    • The Suit says:

      You just did a great disservice to Rudy by comparing him to Sean Avery. A great disservice….

    • Spozo says:

      So the Rangers are 3-0 when Biron plays. Does that mean that Biron should be our #1 for the rest of the season? They have won 100% of the games he has started.

      And there is only a slight difference between Rudy and Avery. Avery has been in the NHL for 10 years and has been on four teams. Three of which have either suspended or waived him at some point. Also, I don’t think Rudy ever called a black player a (removed). I need to check my sources but I could be wrong on that last one.

      • Mikeyyyy says:

        thats taking the comparison a bit far.

        All I meant was he helped provide a spark. No one saw it in a game. But every payer on the team knew it.

        He’s also our star goaltenders practice buddy.

        • Dave says:

          How exactly can you quantify that? Do you talk to the players? Did they specifically say that Avery lit a fire under their ass?