Proteau’s Blog: Quote vs. Cliche

• Time will tell if the New York Rangers gave up too much Monday to acquire Sean Avery from the L.A. Kings. All I know is it seems wholly unfair one of the league’s best quotes was swapped for a package of players that includes a guy named Cliche.

• Avery will provide the Rangers with more grit, but he alone won’t be able to stop third-period collapses like the one that led to Monday night’s 4-3 loss to Detroit.

I’ll say it again: the Blueshirts are a team in no small amount of trouble and if they don’t straighten out their dressing room issues, they’ll be much closer to securing the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft than a playoff berth.

• News that Canadiens owner George Gillette and Stars owner Tom Hicks are partnering up to buy English soccer club Liverpool got me to thinking: we need Bill Wirtz and Jeremy Jacobs to join forces and buy what would quickly become the worst-managed franchise in pro sports history.

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Can you imagine it? Those two together would be the ownership equivalent of Ishtar, Howard The Duck, Gigli and The Adventures of Pluto Nash rolled into one. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the entire fabric of space and time collapse in on itself if Jacobs and Wirtz combined their hockey “savvy”.

• Blog reader and Penguins fan John Henry enjoyed Monday’s entry so much, he used one section and turned it into a pretty cool little comic. Check it out HERE.