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Not Sure What To Think on Avery

This is exactly where I stand when it comes to New York Rangers’ superpest Sean Avery.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about why I thought Sean Avery should be considered to play on the other wing of the Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik line. I mentioned how he has the hands, the speed, the forechecking ability and the toughness to be a solid potential fit on that line.

Now, after hearing about Avery getting arrested in his Los Angeles home, I am not so sure what to think. Part of me feels that when he plays within himself on the ice, he is one of the hardest working Rangers out there. He skates hard, he goes to the net, he creates scoring chances and he producers.

With that said, I am starting to wonder whether that is worth it due to his off-ice antics. Sure, it is always nice to see a Blueshirt in the headlines but certainly not in the way that Avery is appearing in the news.

What do you folks think?

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I can’t disagree with you more, Pat. I don’t think this should have any affect on what goes on come hockey season. Will it? Probably, but I don’t think it should.

Avery would still be a great fit on the top line if given the chance. You mention his “off-ice antics,” but aside from this incident, what else has he done off the ice? I think we can all agree his comments a few years ago, although dumb, were blown totally overblown.

Did he mess up? Absolutely, but I don’t think it should have any affect on his standing as an NHL player. Dany Heatly, who essentially played a part in the death of a friend and teammate, was welcomed back to the NHL without so much as a suspension, and is still a star in the NHL today.

I’m not condoning what Sean did, but he didn’t shoot or kill anyone. I think its a little unfair.

Posted by Matt Calamia from New York on 08/07/11 at 06:14 PM ET

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Now, after hearing about Avery getting arrested in his Los Angeles home, I am not so sure what to think. Part of me feels that when he plays within himself on the ice, he is one of the hardest working Rangers out there. He skates hard, he goes to the net, he creates scoring chances and he producers.

With that said, I am starting to wonder whether that is worth it due to his off-ice antics. Sure, it is always nice to see a Blueshirt in the headlines but certainly not in the way that Avery is appearing in the news.

From the perspective of someone who watched him begin to waste his tremendous talent because he was more concerned about being a fashion-forward *#$%@& on and off the ice in Detroit—to the point that the Wings very knowingly choose to rid themselves of a 20-goal, 40-to-50-point-scorer when his head’s on straight because even Chris Chelios couldn’t get the kid’s head on straight, and going from, “Dammit, why did we get rid of this little spitfire?” to, “Thank God he’s not in Detroit” as he began to embrace his inner dick in LA and New York…

I tend to harbor the same point of view that I did when Avery and Maxim Kuznetsov went to LA for Mathieu Schneider. I don’t think that Avery will ever truly learn to separate his massively self-absorbed personality from his on-ice focus or off-ice approach to the game, and it’s just as important that he spend his workouts and daily life worrying about his day job instead of marketing Sean Avery or channeling his inner *#$%@&…

He’s never going to be completely focused on simply playing hockey—and he’s a ridiculously effective instigator and really is a gritty, 20-goal-scoring, 40-to-50-point-producing player when he’s completely committed to being a difference-maker based on what he can do with his shot, skating, tenacity in the corners and work ethic—or simply worrying about doing the things he needs to do off the ice to be the best player, athlete and teammate he can be.

He’s always going to want to feed the Avery Hype Machine, to unleash that s***-disturber’s presence on the ice, while speaking to the media, in the locker room and to feed his ego by essentially self-imposing his hipster/pariah/yuppie/rock star persona upon his teammates and the media…And as such, he’s never going to show more than glimpses of the player he can be when he’s just worried about representing the logo on the front of his jersey instead of the name and number on the back.

I think he’s more trouble than he’s worth, his tremendous impact when his short attention span is actually focused on hockey included, and I think he’s always going to be a “problem child.”

For his own sake and for the Rangers’s sakes, I wish he could shift his focus toward being the best hockey player and being the best Ranger he can be instead of being Sean Avery, but his ego and his self-absorption are just too tempting for him to not resist indulging in. It’s as if his biggest and most damaging addiction to any substance is his addiction to stroking his ego while rubbing people the wrong way, and that sort of egotistical promiscuity rarely, if ever, resolves itself.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/07/11 at 09:15 PM ET

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He likes controversy and attention.  He will do anything, except play consistent high level hockey, to get it.  His skills seem to be diminishing.  He can only play in New York.  But Tortorella’s patience is wearing thin.  It’s a shame because when he wants to he can be a very effective player.  But I’m afraid whatever demons drive him are driving him out of the NHL.  Once his career is over he’ll be a nobody, with a personality disorder.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/09/11 at 02:13 AM ET

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You think maybe there’s more to this story?  That cops don’t overreact?  I was almost cuffed by a cop in NYC once for asking a question - I’m a 50 yr old professional woman.  It’s not like he punched a woman in a bar like Komisarek… then there was that little accident Heatley had… This is being way over blown and I’m not surprised but still disgusted by the vitriol in the press.  Avery is a fan favorite in NY for good reason.  We should have his back at this time and let this ridiculous incident fade away, as it should. 
His on ice abilities diminished in direct proportion to his on ice time last season.  Recently saw a replay of the game from last Jan against Toronto.  His multiple set ups for Gaborik’s multiple goals.  Everyone remember that one?  Torts needs to try to coach as a professional.  I have Canadian friends who wonder aloud how he still has his job.  There is a personality conflict between Torts & Avery - the team (& fans) would benefit greatly if he would put that aside & let Avery play.

Posted by Terrie Walters from New York on 08/09/11 at 10:00 AM ET

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