Could No.16 Be Returning to Broadway?

Mike RappaportAnalyst IIJuly 1, 2008

As the first day of free agency in the NHL comes to a close, many superstar players have not signed yet with any teams.

Instead of praying to sign one of these three players, New York Rangers fans are hoping that the player, General Manager, Glen Sather, signs above anyone is Sean Avery.

Avery, an unrestricted free agent, has won over the hearts of Rangers fans with his gritty play, bad boy attitude, and unique ability to frustrate opposing players.

However, Avery has been asking for a 4-year/$16 million contract, too high for Sather's liking.

With neither side willing to give in ground, it has appeared that Avery will be leaving New York.

For all Ranger fans that are experiencing nightmares of another Mark Messier fiasco, there is still a glimmer of hope for Avery's return to the Rangers.

While it’s very likely Avery won't be a free agent for much longer, there is no guarantee that a team will be very willing to give a player, like Avery, a deal for $4 million a year.

If teams based there proposals to Avery based on deals signed recently by players who have been compared to Avery, it appears unlikely Avery will get the deal he desires.

Ottawa's center, Mike Fisher, got a 4-year deal worth $8.5 million, and Avery's nemesis, Darcy Tucker, was signed by Colorado for two-years at $4.5 million.

I'm not saying that these players are at the same level as Avery, but what I am saying, is that it’s very unlikely a player that has the same type of role as Avery does, are not getting a similar deal that Avery has demanded from the Rangers.

While Avery was never offered the deal he desired from the Rangers, he has always maintained his love for New York, and that the Rangers are his first option, obviously providing that the price is right.

Since most teams overpay during the first few days of free agency, Avery somehow might make his way through the end of the week as a free agent, as long as other teams go after players like Hossa, Jagr, and Sundin.

Bottom line: If teams' offers of Avery are similar to the Rangers offer of a three or four-year deal at around $3.25 million a year, Avery might be calling up Sather asking if the GM's offer is still on the table.

Keep praying Ranger fans, your prayers might be answered.

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