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Is there Room for Sean Avery?

After the team went out and signed Michael Rupp, that is whay many New York Ranger fans are probably wondering as we head into the 2011-12 NHL season.

It became quite obvious last season that Rangers’ forward Sean Avery was placed in John Tortorella’s “dog house” for much of the season. Some games, he would get a decent amount of ice time, others he would get very little and in some, he would simply be a healthy scratch.

In my opinion, Avery is a Jekyl and Hyde kind of player. As one player, he forechecks hard, he produces, he sets up plays and he plays, as Tortorella likes to say, within himself.

On the other side, Avery can be someone who takes penalties at the wrong time, someone who attracts negative attention to himself on the ice and someone that every once in awhile takes his team out of the game. This is the player that Tortorella thinks Avery really is.

I still think that Avery can be a valuable NHLer and someone who has a spot on the Blueshirts. He can be an extremely effective player when he plays within himself and I believe that Tortorella knows that as well.

What do you folks think the team should do, if anything, with Avery?

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As a Kings fan, this article is right on.  Avery can be VERY effective forechecking and drawing penalties, but he is too inmature and egotistical to do it for long before he crosses the line.  What he needs the most is a coach and teammates who will kick his butt when he goes overboard.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 07/17/11 at 04:28 PM ET

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Avery is, well, self-centered.  If he were of benefit to a team, does anyone think that Scotty Bowman and Ken Holland would have gotten rid of him?

Posted by DocF from Reidsville, NC on 07/17/11 at 06:43 PM ET

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If he were of benefit to a team, does anyone think that Scotty Bowman and Ken Holland would have gotten rid of him?

Neither Bowman nor Holland has ever made a mistake, either personal or professional, in their lives.

Posted by RoneFace on 07/17/11 at 10:39 PM ET

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Somebody’s inferiority complex is showing.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/17/11 at 11:43 PM ET

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quote] Neither Bowman nor Holland has ever made a mistake, either personal or professional, in their lives.

Of course they have, but getting rid of Avery clearly wasn’t one of them.

Posted by Seaner in Sharkville from Silicon Valley on 07/18/11 at 12:42 AM ET

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sean avery is one of the best rangers if torts lets him play his game,everybody takes dumb penalties so what.avery plays with his heart on his sleeve if u let him.there was a time 2 yrs ago we didnt win without him in line up,i say let this guy play his game and stop hold the reins back on him,let him be that pest everybody hates to play against.

Posted by john de from mahwah nj on 07/19/11 at 06:38 PM ET

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Avery was a valuable player back when we needed someone to fire up the team, start a fight, and bring passion to the ice. But now with Prust and Rupp (and Doobie) on the team, Avery had become extremely expendable.
The strangest stat when it comes to Avery is his high ratio of assists per ice time. It’s near the top of the team. The problem is that he is predictable with the puck. How may times can you take the same shot from just outside the left face-off circle?
I’m not an Avery hater, but I think it’s time for him to go.

Posted by Deni Bleu from New York, NY on 07/19/11 at 06:42 PM ET

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at least he shoots the puck,many times u see these guys waiting for the pretty play or pass,shoot the damn puck it might hit off someone and go in,we are not a pretty team so start shooting the puck more.also nobody gets the crowd into the game more then avery.not prust or bubi.and dubi does not play that avery style.i love prust and dubi but avery needs to stay and get playing time.get rid of torts and bring in a tougher coach like keenan.or make messier the coach,guys will bleed for mess.

Posted by john de from mahwah nj on 07/19/11 at 06:48 PM ET

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Sign him. He fits in well with the team they’re becoming. Besides, he might be the perfect complement to Richards and Gabby on the top line because he’s an excellent passer (hence his high assist ratio), and he can be effective around the net. He’s also got an extremely accurate shot on the fly down the left wing. His strengths are greater than his weaknesses and, who knows, signing him could give him the confidence he needs to want to play well for Torts and a city that loves him.

Posted by strangebrew on 07/19/11 at 07:31 PM ET

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Avery is a fast skater. He is excellent at puck handling especially when setting up behind the net. He is also one of the few Rangers that could dump the puck in the offensive zone and retrieve it himself. Torts had him on the shortest leash possible and it showed on the ice. You cannot neuter a big dog and expect him to be a powerhouse. Two of Gaborik’s biggest scoring games were because of Avery’s hard work and excellent passing. To get rid of Avery just proves to me that Torts is on an ego trip. An ego trip bigger than anything Avery himself could muster up.

Posted by Jay Thomas on 07/19/11 at 09:05 PM ET

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so, the avery question raises its head again . . .  mention his name and get an argument; maybe two.  on the ice, he has a sense of the rink, he’s a playmaker and a passer and occasionally pots a sly goal.  there’s no question his heart’s in the game but not always his head meaning, he and torts must do the dance until the cup comes home.

Posted by mac from manhattan on 07/20/11 at 08:59 AM ET

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My son and I only go to Madison Square 15 times a year from SC to see Sean Avery !! We love the game he plays , he’s fast , he shoots the puck , and isn’t stingy with the puck ! He passes when sees a play !! Come on NY Rangers is Sean Avery’s team !! We noticed him right away his rookie year with the Redwings and have followed him since !!! He’s a Real Hockey player !!

Posted by Carla from Charleston , SC on 07/20/11 at 09:33 AM ET

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Avery is a quick forward with underrated skills, whose best game is WITHOUT the excess agitation on ice.Conversely, he is one of the most underrated pugilists who ALWAYS sticks up for his teammates.I think he does well with Boyle and Prust and he`d do well Richards and Gaborik.

Posted by Steve the MD on 07/20/11 at 10:52 AM ET

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rupp 124 pen. mins. and only 17 pts. now lets be real. looks like he’ll take just as many stupid penalty’s as avery. torts dont care for avery and it showed alot last season. even when avery did put up pt’s or had a ( for avery ) a good game. i’m not an avery fan but his play behind the net last year was pretty good.

Posted by john from sarasota on 07/21/11 at 01:43 AM ET

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