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Sean Avery asks Matt Rempe to injure Florida Panthers star


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Graham Montgomery
May 21, 2024  (8:54 PM)
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New York Rangers rookie Matt Rempe being interviewed after he scored his first career playoff goal against the Washington Capitals
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The Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers are set to kick off tomorrow and Sean Avery has a hot take for the series involving Matt Rempe.

The former Ranger was discussing the series on his podcast. He took a rather outlandish take in the segment, saying that Rangers rookie Matt Rempe should deliberately try to injure Sam Bennett early in the series, going so far as to say that he should just accept a major penalty, saying, "we'll kill off the five minute major."
Sean Avery talks Eastern Conference Finals. #NYR

Of course, this kind of discourse is not entirely unexpected from a player of Avery's caliber. The former Ranger played in 580 career NHL games and scored at a reasonable rate with 90 career goals and 247 points. However, he also had over 1500 career penalty minutes, including eight seasons with over 100 PIMs and two with over 200 PIMs. Fellow former NHLer turned analyst Paul Bissonnette also think Rempe should be a big factor in the series.
Matt Rempe is HIM.

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Rempe has become highly controversial since his NHL debut earlier this season. He clearly can be effective in causing chaos, but he often hurts his own team by taking undisciplined penalties, feeding into the other team's energy. He certainly does not score much, with just three points in 24 games regular season and playoffs combined.
Question for Rangers fans
Do you think Matt Rempe is a necessity against the Panthers?

#NYR #timetohunt

That being said, scoring is not the only thing about playoff hockey. Hopefully Rempe will remain an effective player for the Rangers going into the Eastern Conference final without crossing the line.
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