The league’s marquee matchup between conference leadering Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks was decided with a flurry of 3rd period goals on Tuesday night. When the smoke cleared, the Sharks handed Boston their worst defeat of the season, with a 5-2 schooling. San Jose scored 4 goals in the 3rd period to overcome a 2-1 deficit, snapping a 3-game winless streak. The win also drew the Sharks to within 4 points of the Bruins for best record in the NHL.
On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars assigned forward Sean Avery to the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. The following are statemtents from Avery and Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather:
“I would like to thank Glen Sather and the Rangers organization for giving me the chance to resume my hockey career by affording me this opportunity with the Hartford Wolf Pack. I am looking forward to getting back on the ice, working my way back to the NHL and playing the game I love. While I appreciate the many interview requests, at this point in time, I would like to focus on hockey and will not be making any further statements while with the Wolf Pack.”
This is what Sean Avery did for the New York Rangers when he played there. He was an absolute beast. Sean Avery will most likely give the Rangers some life coming down the homestretch into the playoffs.
But, if you notice in the video, Jaromir Jagr was on the other end scoring the goal. The Rangers do not have that sniper in their lineup right now. They do have Nikolai Zherdev, but he is not enough.
I expect the Rangers to be big dealers come trade deadline time. They were willing to deal out large amounts of money for Mats Sundin, so assuming they are willing to do it again, I would not be surprised if they take aim at a guy like Ilya Kovalchuk. He is the exact piece the New York Rangers need to be a serious contender in the East.