No, this isnt a terrible re-post. The Avs really were here twice in 3 wks. Gary Bettmans NHL, gotta loathe it.
One of my most detested teams was in town. Bringing with them the rotting feces underbelly of hockey like Sean Avery & Donald Brashear. Two of the most pathetic losers to ever become contracted pro athletes. Even with shedding underachieving whiner Markus Naslund, this is still one of the most detested bunch of people ever.
So maybe this is why I didnt do well with them as a whole, I didnt like them....or, perhaps its because the team has too much ego?
HENRIK LUNDQVIST- 2 autographs. Still an ok signer, Henrik has become much harder than the happy to sign star he was last time he was here. He how treats it like a chore & Theres only a 70-30 chance you'll get him if the crowd is more than 6 or 8 people. Still, for a team full of unenthusiastic signers, he was ok.
STEVE VALIQUETTE- 0 autographs. I was impressed to hear he signed for a handful of people. This was a HUGE step up from the non-signing (WHAT?) career back up, lucky to have a job goalie that was here last time. He still didnt sign a lot though & didnt seem to go out of his way to do it.
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO- 2 autographs. Quite accomodating. One of the brighter lights with the team. Michael generally seemed willing to do multiples, even in moderate sized groups. Once the group gets too large though he does trim back to 1 understandably, and the signature, which is already abbreviated, becomes even moreso.
WADE REDDEN- 2 autographs. His last couple years in Ottawa he had soured on signing some. Seems the sourness has worn off, he was once again willing to do multiple items.
MICHAL ROZSIVAL- 1 autograph. Didnt generally go out of his way to accomodate, but if you caught his attention & could get infront of him, he would do it. Not terrible, but certainly didnt look thrilled to do it.
DAN GIRARDI- 0 autographs. Had nothing for him, but can tell you he was more than willing to sign multiple items without hesitation.
MARC STAAL- 1 autograph. Didnt seem overly thrilled to sign, but put in a 1/2 assed effort after practice the day of the game to get everyone. Outside of them, he did seem to put in an effort to not sign.
MATT GILROY- 2 autographs. Willingly signed multiple items.
MARIAN GABORIK- 2 autographs. Started off good, but cooled quick. On gameday he claimed he signed "Thousands" for me the day before. Apparently "thousands" is Slovak for "2". Nowhere near as good as he was in his Minnesota days.
VACLAV PROSPAL- 0 autographs. Was only sporadically asked, and willingly did it when asked.
BRANDON DUBINSKY- 1 autograph. Jekyl & Hyde. One interaction he was fine & respectful, next interaction he was evasive & griping about people asking him.
ENVER LISIN- 2 autographs. Happily did multiples.
ARTEM ANISOMOV- 3 autographs. Willing to do multiples still for now.
CHRIS DRURY- 2 autographs. Usually always friendly. Chris had a touch of Jekyl & Hyde this trip. Pleasant & did multiples day before. But game day he was non-responsive & beelined for the bus.
CHRIS HIGGINS- 0 autographs. For such an average player he certainly carries the attitude of a multiple time all-star. Signed a few, but more often than not, avoided signing where he could.
BRIAN BOYLE- 2 autographs. Very nice, did multiples without hesitation.
DONALD BRASHEAR- 1 autograph. I literally couldnt believe he signed. I mean its not impossible, he has signed other trips. But hes generally non-responsive to such requests. Still an utter trash scrawl of a signature.
AARON VOROS, DAN BYERS, PA PARENTEAU, ALES KOTALIK, RYAN CALLAHAN & EUNICH AVERY- no reports
Total autographs for NY Rangers- 21
+ 1 Luongo autograph
I have enjoyed going for the Avs for a long time. The Joe Sakic effect helped, as well, they often had more class players than ass players. This years roster was more or less the same.
CRAIG ANDERSON- 4 autographs. He actually looked put out to be signing, but still did multiple items without saying anything about it.
PETER BUDAJ- 1 autograph. An often Jekyle & Hyde signer, was more on the unwilling than willing side this trip, but still did sign on more than 1 occasion.
JOHN MICHAEL LILES- 3 autographs. Always a great signer, still a class act.
BRETT CLARK- 5 autographs. Except the 1 time where he was with Budaj who seemed uninterested in signing at the time, Brett was an accomodating signer.
KYLE QUINCEY- 3 autographs. Being one of the several new faces on this team since last time I had gone for them. It took me a while to get him because I was having trouble IDing him. Once I did though, he did everything.
SCOTT HANNAN- 3 autographs. Scott has always shown a level of unhappiness with signing, but he still does it.
ADAM FOOTE- 4 autographs. Back when he would hang out with Patrick Roy I actually thought he was a dick. Turns out it was just the people he was hanging with. He has been nothing but class since breaking away from one of the sports least classy guys.
RYAN WILSON- 2 autographs. Had no problem asking him for a 2nd item.
KYLE CUMISKEY- 2 autographs. Was willing to sign multiples.
RUSLAN SALEI & TOM PREISSING- no reports
PAUL STASTNY- 4 autographs. Was a consistent 1 per person each time you saw him. Dont try to loop him, or he stops signing all together.
MATT DUCHENE- 7 autographs. I know the numbers say otherwise, but hes actually a less accomodating signer than the stats show. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time a couple times. Generally, he is a strict 1 per on photos, and a 2 per overall.
RYAN O'REILLEY- 3 autographs. Happily did multiples. If he keeps up this pace for too much longer, we'll see if he is still happy to do multiples.
WOJTEK WOLSKI- 2 autographs. When confronted for an autograph, he'll do it. But he will do everything he can to avoid that, including waiting for a bigger player to be signing in hopes of sneaking by.
MILAN HEJDUK- 5 autographs. Usually a good 1-2 per signer. Still was.
DAVID JONES- 5 autographs. Willingly did everything presented to him.
CHRIS STEWART- 5 autographs. Signed multiples, but when there was more than a couple people around, he limited to just 1 or 2 per.
MAREK SVATOS- 1 autograph. He is continually challenging Wojtek for worst signer on the team. This trip, he might have won.
DAVID KOCI- 3 autographs. Willing signer of multiples.
BRIAN WILLSIE- 2 autographs. Willing signer of multiples.
PHILIPPE DUPUIS- 1 autograph. Signed anything put infront of him.
CHRIS DURNO- 2 autographs. Signed whatever was asked of him.
TJ HENSICK- 0 autographs. Signed willingly when asked, I just kept missing him for other players.
DARCY TUCKER, TJ GALIARDI, CODY MCLEOD & AMTT HENDRICKS- no reports
JOE SACCO- 1 autograph. Signed anything that he was asked to sign.
ADAM DEADMARSH- 4 autographs. Did everything asked of him.
STEVE KONOWALCHUK- 0 autographs. Signed whenever he was asked.
Total autographs from Colorado- 72
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