Friday, May 7, 2010

The NYR Facts Of Life: #34 Aaron Voros

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. It is time for the People's Champ to get his turn, @Voros34, #34 Aaron Voros.

#34's #s: 41 games, three goals, four assists, -2, 89 PIM.

Take the good: Voros was the ultimate team guy, working hard to stay in shape as he languished in the press box and working even harder when he got his shot out on the ice. He collected four of his seven points in a five game span at the end of the season, helping the team make it's final (futile) lunge at a playoff spot. Voros skated hard, checked and tried to be defensively responsible. He also had nice chemistry with Sean Avery and Brian Boyle for the brief period that they lined up together in January - with Voros busting his behind. He had 13 fights, including a tilt against the NHL's PIM king Zenon Konopka.

Take the bad: According to the folks at Hockey Fights, Voros won just three of those bouts. He's lumbering, he has hands of cement and his passion gets in the way of smart hockey from time to time. As with Rozsival, the Rangers happened to win when he put up points but it was a rarity that he actually put up points (they went 5-1-1). He collected just one point - an assist - over his first 21 games.

Take them both and then we have: A player who pretty much gave himself the moniker "The People's Champ" and yet it was one that rung true. You couldn't help but root for him as his all-out effort was apparent. Of course, he just isn't that good of a hockey player and wouldn't ever make the roster on most other teams. But he had a moment in the sun - that 8-2 win over Tampa - and it should help him go down in Ranger lore as one of those 'remember him? I liked that guy' guys.

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