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Sunday, March 09, 2008


The Sharks offered Steve Bernier for Sean Avery and the Rangers turned it down.

The Rangers turned it down.

The Rangers. Turned it down.

THE RANGERS TURNED IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love that the Sharks couldn't get Sean Avery so they went out and got Brian Campbell.

I'm confused.


Kelpfreak said...

Right. Because if Bernier wasn't involved in the trade, the Campbell deal wasn't happening.

Didn't Brooks try to tie Pittsburgh into this story too? Because, you know, the Rangers are the straw that stirs the drink in the NHL.

Ian said...

Yeah, I love how the story is that Pittsburgh were after Bernier, and failing that, landed Hossa. Que?

I don't know if they've invented the curse words that would have spewed from my mouth if Doug Wilson traded for Sean Avery.

Kirsten said...

I can't decide which team is more stupid in this. The Sharks for trying to trade for Avery in the first place, or the Rangers for not jumping at the chance to get rid of him.

PJ Swenson said...

I don't know if I would do a Bernier straight up for Avery trade, or if I would even trade for Avery before pursuing Campbell.

For the last 2 months Doug Wilson has been talking about the need to solidify the blueline, and it is obvious the search for a PP quarterback has been a frustrating one. Bernier has struggled this season, and he has been called out by name by coach Ron Wilson for a slow start, but at 22 years old he is going to be a dominant force down low when he gets more experience. Many nights when the Sharks were playing flat at home, Bernier was the one hammering bodies in the corner, setting up in front of the crease, and initiating physical play. He also unloaded a sick one handed 360 spin o rama goal last year, something you should not be able to pull off at 230 pounds.

Not sure if this report passes the common sense test, and since he references unnamed sources there will be no followup.

Ian said...

Power forwards take longer to develop. My favorite examples are John LeClaire, Todd Bertuzzi, Gary Roberts (before his injuries), and Cam Neely. A notch lower are guys like Glen Murray or Tomas Holmstrom. Bernier certainly has all the tools to be a dominant power forward.

His work ethic has been questioned by Ron Wilson, and that might be why the Sharks couldn't wait for him to develop, especially with the prospect of landing Campbell. Getting Avery would just be getting impatient with Bernier--landing a 2nd line forward immediately. But Avery has worn out his welcome from 2 teams now, earning his reputation as a distraction. Why trade for that?