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Avery Didn’t Have A Chance This Year

from Larry Broooks of the NY Post, 

Sean Avery never had a chance, never was given a chance to make this year’s Rangers, so what in the world was the organization doing dragging him around Europe for a week before delivering the news on the flight here yesterday from Switzerland that his run on Broadway had come to an end?

“That’s not for me to say,” coach John Tortorella said at the team hotel last night in explaining the decision to place the 31-year-old winger on waivers he surely will clear at noon today. “I don’t want to play GM here.”

Fair enough, but it was surely on Tortorella’s say that Avery never got a sniff throughout a camp during which he skated with minor leaguers. It was almost humorous to hear the coach say, as he did more than once, “Sean had a strong camp,” because with Tortorella essentially choosing his top 12 forwards before the team convened, Avery was not allowed to have a strong enough camp that this decision would have become untenable.


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Primis's avatar

Brooks misses an important fact on this though:  nobody cares.

Posted by Primis on 10/05/11 at 11:55 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

It is difficult for me to have any sympathy for Sean Avery.
His reference to an ex-girlfriend as “Sloppy Seconds” was enough for me.

Not to mention his other antics. 

It will be interesting to see how he is tolerated in Russia.

OTOH, he will probably quit hockey and go into modeling or fashion or perfume or something…..

Posted by w2j2 on 10/05/11 at 11:57 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

If Avery were a more valuable hockey player, he would not be in this situation. 

It’s long been discussed that eventually coaches would get tired of his antics and take a long, hard assessment of what kind of cost/benefit he brings to his club and that it’s very possible that would not be favorable to Avery.

While their levels and styles of play are not completely comparable, hopefully this will be another piece of evidence which helps motivate Matt Cooke to focus more on the fact that he’s got good hockey skills rather than the other skills which he brings which have become more detrimental to his team than beneficial.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/05/11 at 12:20 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

His reference to an ex-girlfriend as “Sloppy Seconds” was enough for me.

W2j2, are you serious?  I don’t understand why anyone made a big deal about it. What guy does n’t have some animosity toward and bad mouth his ex?

Posted by NHLJeff from Denver on 10/05/11 at 12:55 PM ET


My only regret is missing what a distraction Avery would have been on HBO’s coverage of road to the Winter Classic. That would have been television gold!

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/05/11 at 01:08 PM ET

awould's avatar

A more respectful player may have been treated with more respect. The fact is, had Avery known earlier that he had no chance, he would’ve turned his douche up to 11 and made life hard for the Rangers while they parted ways.

It could be that the coach wanted to see how the youngsters stacked up against Avery and that’s why he played him down w/ the minor group. If that’s the case, it’s not up to Avery or anyone else to decide how his tryout should go. The fact that he still had to “try out” says a lot; he’s got the skill to play on a lot of teams (Rangers included) but the baggage weighs him down too much.

This article attempts to defend a player that nobody else cares to defend. He hardly deserves to be defended. It has not been kept a secret from Sean Avery that he is widely disliked for specific reasons. He has always made a show of reveling in his controversial image.Now he suffers some consequences; his time in NY was always going to end badly. Just like his time everywhere else. The guy has never left a locker room on good terms.

Posted by awould on 10/05/11 at 01:31 PM ET


Averys a bum. No violins will be played because of this

Posted by kylewestowen from internet on 10/05/11 at 01:35 PM ET


What guy does n’t have some animosity toward and bad mouth his ex?

How many guys assemble a group of sports reporters together to air their dirty laundry and make personal comments about their ex-girlfriends and about the sex lives of other players?

If he had said it on the ice as part of a trash talk that’s one thing (I’m very much a proponent of what happens on the ice stays on the ice) but it was a classless move by a classless human being.

Posted by Garth on 10/05/11 at 02:01 PM ET


I wish they would have kept him until the end of the Winter classic, for HBO reasons. Maybe the Flyers will take him. He’s not as big of a maniac as that Rinaldo kid.

Posted by steviesteve on 10/05/11 at 02:06 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Herb Brooks has a hard time typing with one finger in Tortorella’s eye all the time. He can even twist a GM decision to reflect a coaching decision. Poor, sad Herb.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/05/11 at 03:27 PM ET

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