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What to do with Sean Avery

When New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery was scratched on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks, many pundits and fans alike figured that he would come out and play a heckuva game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, both were wrong as Avery struggled in last night’s 6-3 victory over the team’s hated rival. He took three penalties, one of which led to a John tavares power play goal in the third period, and only got just over seven minutes of ice time.

One has to wonder what team head coach John Tortorella thought of his play last night. If I am Tortorella, I would hesitate to put him in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night as the last thing you want to do is give the Canadiens a bunch of power plays.

With that said, however, Avery is someone who works hard, can generate scoring opportunities and keeps the opponent on edge. Avery is one of the best when it comes to throwing an opposing team off its game.

However, when he takes a penalty doing so and the other team scores, it really does not look good for the Rangers’ pest.

What do you folks think about Avery’s play? Does he deserve to be in the lineup on Friday night against the Canadiens?

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I think Avery has been frustrated by his handling this year. He has tried to play nice, never got on a regular line, fourth line with limited minutes most of the time except during the injury outbreak. The benching seemed to be the tipping point—he came out like the old Avery, like he didn’t care what Tortorella wanted or expected any more. The Rangers got good mileage from Avery for a few years and brought him back despite the bad press he got. But under Tortorella he seems to be a square peg in a round hole.

Okay he took a stupid penalty in the third penalty. The game was won. They play the Isles again. Psychological games are part of hockey and Avery plays them to perfection. I think Tortorella is a good coach with good instincts but he does not appreciate Avery and unfortunately he shows it. The fact that Avery has not scored does not help Avery’s case. If the teams wins without Avery he looks to be on his way out. But in games against teams that can cause trouble like the Islanders I’d rather have Avery in the lineup than a Wolski. Against the Habs, not needed, against Pens as the are now, yes.

Posted by prole30 on 03/16/11 at 05:14 PM ET

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And yet how many times has Avery been to the playoffs? Hockeydb tells us he’s been there 3 times and has yet to play in a Conference Final.

I’m tired of everyone saying what an ‘x’ factor Avery is. A couple of years ago, commentators and media talking heads gave him so much air-time you would have thought he was Mario Lemieux with his ability to turn a series around.

This guy is complete trash.
There’s a reason why he’s scratched several times during the year.
He can’t be trusted. And when a coach can’t trust you, you’re toast.

And enough of the ‘he has NHL talent, he just needs to put it together’ crap.
It’s never going to happen. He’ll be 31 this year. He is what he is; which is a 3rd line winger with so many personality issues that Freud would be left shaking his head.

In short, Avery with his low intelligence and douche-bag personality hurt his team more than his meager talents help it.
Time to put this guy to pasture where he belongs. He’s not worth his weight in sloppy-seconds.

Posted by Hank1974 on 03/16/11 at 06:39 PM ET

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There’s a reason why he’s scratched several times during the year.

Um, this was the only time he’s been scratched this year.  And I can’t remember him being scratched otherwise while he’s been a Ranger.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 03/17/11 at 01:02 AM ET

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