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Goodbye

from NHL.com,

Is Sean Avery done with hockey?

The controversial forward told a live viewing audience during the online “After Show” segment of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live”, that he was calling it quits.

Avery’s announcement came after the show’s host, Andy Cohen, posed a viewer question to him regarding his future.

“Sean, what are your thoughts about your hockey future?” Cohen asked Avery.

The 31-year-old Avery lounged back in his chair and said: “I am officially retired; I threw my skates in the Hudson [River].”

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added 12:45pm, via Chris Johnston tweet,

Pat Morris says Sean Avery’s future plans will be determined by interest in the summer. Says he was “joking” last night.

added 12:58pm, via Larry Brooks tweet,

Avery tells Post post-hockey career will start when contract expires. “No, that wasn’t a joke, yes I’m retiring at end of season and its ok”

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A Return To The NHL For Avery?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are discussing the possibility of placing Sean Avery on re-entry waivers at noon Saturday, the deadline for doing so, in order for the exiled winger to play again in the NHL this season, The Post has learned.

According to NHL By-laws 12 and 28, players claimed on re-entry following the trade deadline are not eligible to play in either the remainder of the regular season or in the playoffs.

With the NHL trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m., and the weekend waiver period lasting for 48 hours, the Rangers would thus have to make their decision regarding Avery no later than Saturday morning so he would be eligible for claim by noon Monday.

If Avery is claimed on re-entry, the Rangers would be hit with a $209,460 salary cap charge for the remainder of the season. If Avery were to go unclaimed, the Rangers would simply put him back on waivers and re-assign him to the AHL Whale after he clears.

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An Up And Down Year For Avery

via Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

The New York Rangers have waived controversial winger Sean Avery for the second time this season.

The 31-year-old, who was waived during the preseason this October, has been scratched nine games straight.

Avery, who has three goals in 15 games this season, averaged only 7:01 in ice time before his latest exile.

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Will The Islanders Take Sean Avery?

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The stage is set for Sean Avery’s return to the Rangers this afternoon via re-entry, but The Post has been told Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has been coy concerning the possibility of claiming the winger on waivers.

It’s a long shot, given the combination of Avery’s stated desire of playing only for the Rangers and the enemies he has made on the Islanders with his play and mouth, but it is always impossible to predict what Charles Wang’s organization might do, especially because they could hurt the Rangers on the ice and within the cap at a quite reasonable price.

 

 

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Avery ‘Remembered’ At Rangers’ Home Opener

from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,

The Rangers played their first game at the renovated Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, but one thing that didn’t change was the spirit of the New York crowd.

Before the Rangers’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, someone hung a banner spanning the front of two upper-level sections that read “16 AVERY” in enormous letters, next to the message “SEND TORTS TO THE WHALE.”

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Sean Avery Not Expecting Recall to NYR

From Pat Leonard at The Blueshirts Blog:

Avery was asked whether he expects the Rangers to recall him from the Connecticut Whale. He was sent through waivers to the minors on Oct. 4 while still with the team in Sweden.

The winger told ESPNNewYork.com, “Probably not. I doubt it,” and said of whether the Rangers gave him a fair chance to make the NHL roster: “I’d say it’s pretty obvious. I’ll let everyone else decide for themselves.”

Tortorella received the news of Avery’s comments after Wednesday morning’s skate in Vancouver before the Blueshirts flew east to Calgary for Thursday night’s game against the Flames. But the coach wasn’t interested in revisiting the Avery saga, coming off a 4-0 win over the Canucks but with many issues still to address with his team’s play.

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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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Dallas Close To The Cap Floor With Avery Being Waived

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars were originally under the impression that Sean Avery’s salary cap hit would remain no matter what happened, but they found out today that if Avery does go to the minors (the NY Rangers have placed him on waivers), that his $1.9 million would come off of their salary cap.

That could have them dancing perilously close to the salary cap floor of $48.3 million, but the Stars say they should be fine.

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Do You Want Avery On Your Team?

via Larry Brooks tweet,

BREAKING NEWS FROM STOCKHOLM: RANGERS WILL WAIVE SEAN AVERY, POST HAS LEARNED…

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Sean Avery Benched Again

From Dan Rosen’s NHL.com blog:

Well, Avery didn’t play Sunday in Bratislava and he’s not in the lineup today in Zug.

Why? Well, I won’t get the chance to ask the coach until after the game, but I can figure only two things: Either Tortorella has seen enough of Avery, who injured his lip against Frolunda on Friday, and wanted to get a real good look at Christensen without having to worry about watching another player as closely, or Avery is on his way out.

I could be way off, but that’s what I’m going with right now. I’ll find out more from Tortorella after the game.

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NHL Addresses Racially Or Sexually Based Talk

TORONTO (September 27, 2011)—Colin Campbell, National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, today released the following statement regarding an altercation during Monday night’s pre-season game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers:

“All Players, Coaches and Officials in the National Hockey League deserve the respect of their peers, and have the absolute right to function in a work environment that is free from racially or sexually-based innuendo or derision. This is the National Hockey League’s policy and it will remain so going forward.

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Careful What You Wish For

From Greg Wyshinski at Puck Daddy

You want unrestricted access?

Be careful what you wish for.

But the truth is: We don’t really want unrestricted access, do we? HBO’s “24/7”, for all its glory, wasn’t a few episodes of raw footage. It was constructed by editors, probably vetted by the League, and anything that came close to the Simmonds/Avery affair was left on the editing room floor.

(Unless you really believe there was no crossing-the-line trash talk at any of the games HBO covered, which would either be miraculous or an argument for better quality audio equipment.)

The rink is a cesspool of lawlessness and unconscionable behavior that exists solely to gain a competitive advantage. Forgive the Sin City cliché, but in most cases what happens on the ice stays on the ice, or is later avenged on the ice.

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Who Said What

via Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

Via email, deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that the NHL is “looking into” what happened tonight in the first period of the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the Flyers.

“We have [the] ability to discipline for language used on the ice,” Daly told ESPNNewYork.com via email, although he noted that the league has never employed that authority in the case of an anti-gay slur.

Daly refrained from immediate judgment because he had not yet seen the video slip of Simmonds calling Rangers winger Sean Avery a homophobic slur.

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Would The Rangers Really Waive Avery?

via Chirstopher Botta of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

The Rangers’ shift-disturbing wing has neither played nor misbehaved his way out of the lineup. Avery appears to trail Mats Zuccarello for the final forward position available and is joined in the battle for a job by the youngsters Dale Weise and Carl Hagelin and the veteran shootout specialist Erik Christensen. The Rangers possess more depth than they’ve had in years. Unless Avery shines in the team’s final five preseason games, starting Monday in Philadelphia, he could be placed on waivers and start the season with the minor league affiliate in Connecticut.

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No Charges Against Avery

from TMZ,

Sean Avery just caught a fast break in his police battery case—because we’re told, he won’t face any charges after his recent arrest ... for allegedly shoving a cop.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, “No criminal charges of any kind will be filed against Sean Avery stemming from his August 5 arrest for battery on a police officer.”

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Avery Arrested In LA

from NBC New York,

New York Ranger Sean Avery was arrested and charged with battery on a police office earlier Friday, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Police responded to noise complaints at Avery’s Hollywood home at about 1 a.m. and arrested him. It wasn’t known what prompted the alleged assault on the officer.

The battery charge is a misdemeanor. Avery’s bail was set at $20,000.

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Update from George: Do I need to tell you that TMZ broke the story and will offer new details soon?

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Frolov Denies Reports He Accused Avery of Racial Slurs

From Jessie Spector at the Blueshirts Blog:

Alex Frolov’s comments about Sean Avery dropping racial slurs on the ice were big news today, not least of all to Alex Frolov.

In Germany as he trains for the upcoming KHL season with Siberian team Avangard Omsk, Frolov was stunned to learn that he had caused such a stir with words that he did not say.

“I didn’t have a chance to read the article,” Frolov told the Daily News by phone. “Something in the Russian newspaper about Aves. They asked me about Aves and I said he’s a friend of mine and a really nice guy. What I said was that he, in the past, used to have problems where he could say something, but he’s a really nice person and good friend of mine.”

The notion of Avery getting into trouble with his mouth was hardly groundbreaking, but the interview with Frolov on sport.ru quoted the former Rangers left wing as saying that Avery “called opponents ‘black monkeys.’” Frolov vehemently denied having said that.

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Various Shades of Sean Avery

Craig Custance at Sporting News reflects on a Day-with-Avery he had in 2008:

There was the trash-talking Sean Avery, who joined a morning radio show and instantly ripped the hosts doing the interviewing.

“This is the worst-dressed radio station I’ve seen,” he said on-air moments after sitting down in studio. “You guys are disgusting.”

But there was also a visit to the children’s ward of a local hospital and his interaction with kids was just as effortless as the beer drinking with teammates.

Between each stop, we’d sit for a couple minutes, I’d pull out my recorder and we’d talk. I knew there were layers there, and as much as a hockey writer can, I tried to peel them back.

There was certainly more to Avery than he let on, than he showed hockey fans. There was something underneath this exterior image he was crafting.

“That’s the whole secret,” he said at the time. “That’s what you’re not going to get out of me. Who knows? I could be a hardcore Christian. I could be gay. I could be a singer-songwriter. It’s all up in the air at this point.”

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Sean Avery Featured In Marriage Equality Video

added 4:53pm,

NEW YORK – New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – in a new video for its “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” campaign.  In the video, Avery explains, “I treat everyone the way I expect to be treated, and that applies to marriage.”  The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in New York, can be viewed online at http://www.hrc.org/NY4marriage

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Video- Avery Gets Two For Boarding

Will the NHL take a look at this hit from Sean Avery on Michael Haley of the Islanders?

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Avery Expected More Of A Welcome In Dallas

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It was some ado about very little, apparently. Anti-hero Sean Avery’s return to Dallas for the first time since he was run out of town early in the 2008-09 season following 23 games of employment elicited little response from the paying customers.

“They didn’t even a have a sign,” Avery said, shrugging, following the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Stars last night. “The crowd was kind of boring, I’d have to say.”

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Video- Who Do You Root For?  Avery Or Tootoo

Sean Avery and Jordin Tootoo went at it tonight in Nashville.

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What Is Avery Thinking?

Why would Avery do something like this?

Mike Komisarek says the league should take a look at the slashes from Avery, watch below…

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Sticks and Stones (and Hits from Behind) May Break My Bones but Words (and Gestures) Won’t Hurt Me

I’m a little late to the party on this topic, though I’ve shared a thought or two on Twitter this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least offer some extended opinion on the recent suspensions handed out to James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders and Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Wisniewski, of course, was banned for a pair of games for making what the NHL dubbed an “inappropriate gesture” directed toward Rangers forward Sean Avery, while Hjalmarsson got the same sentence for a dangerous, blind side hit on Buffalo’s Jason Pominville.

Pominville was concussed on the play and there is said to be no time table for his return to the Sabres lineup. Avery – go figure, be he the perpetrator or the “victim”, involved in yet another incident – suffered, perhaps, some shame and hurt feelings because of Wisniewski’s gesture. But he’s a big boy. He’s over it already, I’m sure.

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Enough Of Avery

from Tony Care of CBC,

While Milbury condemned Wisniewski’s action, calling it “ridiculous and immature,” he’s bothered by the notion that Avery is innocent of any wrongdoing in this case.

“He has been a pretty good player, but he’s become a caricature of a professional,” Milbury told CBCSports.ca. “It’s not good for hockey, it’s not good for the image that [the league] is trying to portray. We’re not all poster boys for this business and never will be, but this has gone on far too long with his focus on being a distraction and an agitator rather than honing his craft.

“Here we are we’re talking about Avery again, not because he made a great backhanded pass to set up the game-winning goal, but because he’s part of another unsavoury incident. It’s like watching a car wreck. You know it’s not going to be pretty but you can’t seem to turn away from it until you’ve had a look.”

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The Bolts Beat, 10/12/10: Lightning Home Opener, Road Trip Ahead, Devils Dilemmas, Wisniewski & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mike and Mark recap the Lightning’s successful home opener and preview their road trip ahead. The boys also discuss the current (disasterous) state of the New Jersey Devils and the James Wisniewski/Sean Avery incident (how about that? “Sean Avery” and “incident” in the same sentence? Shocker…) Finally, JJ blows his top (again) in the latest installment of “What the Hell Was THAT?”

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Getting Kovalchuk off His Game

There’s one player who seems to have Cliffs Notes on taking Ilya Kovalchuk off his game.

It’s not a top-pair defensive defenseman nor anyone who will ever have to clear space for a Selke Trophy on his shelf. 

No, the one guy who can infuriate Kovalchuk to the point of ineffectiveness is none other than Sean Avery

While the New York Rangers are going to have trouble finding answers for New Jersey’s top line—if their 4 goals and 8 assists combined in two games are any indication—Ilya will likewise lack an answer for just what it is that bothers him so much about Avery. 

And that could be an issue.

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Kovalchuk Gives Avery Some Advice

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Yes, Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk did make a gesture with his hand toward his mouth during his exchange of words with Rangers’ pest Sean Avery when the two were on their respective benches in the third period. But it was not the throat slashing gesture that earned Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton a one-game regular season suspension earlier this week.

“I just told him to zip it,” Kovalchuk said after the Devils’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers tonight. “I didn’t tell him I will kill him, so don’t suspend me.”

Rangers coach John Tortorella confirmed that Kovalchuk made a “zip your lip” motion and Avery himself said Kovalchuk should not be suspended for whatever gesture he made.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I saw the whole thing,” Tortorella said. :It was just shut your mouth. There was no slash.”

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Bring Back The Old Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery has looked lost lately. It isn’t that his hands have turned to stone around the net, or that he hasn’t been able to contribute to the breakout without first going backward with the puck, or that he hasn’t been able to cleanly receive passes.

It’s that Avery is not fulfilling the role he was born to play, the one in which he forechecks, grinds and cycles like crazy and antagonizes like he’s certifiable.

The prevailing wisdom was that Avery would become a better player if he left the extra-curricular activities behind. But that wisdom was actually ignorance in disguise. Avery needs to play with bravado, he needs to stoke emotions and he needs to skate on the edge.

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Avery Just Blending In

from Marie Joelle Parent at the Toronto Sun,

After a two-week stint in behavioural therapy, Avery started meditation. He also got a new tattoo. “You used to be alright, what happened,” lyrics from a Radiohead song, now adorn his arm. But seriously, what happened?

“I think that any time you say something that’s hurtful towards somebody you’re always going to regret that,” Avery said. “If I’ve said something that’s done that, then I don’t feel good about it. Regrets are tough words because you know you did it. You kind of have to deal with what you’ve done.”

Following his suspension, the Dallas Stars—Avery’s team at the time—didn’t want anything to do with him. He was eventually sought out by the Rangers, for whom he played before going to Dallas.

Avery, for his part, seems to have found his niche in the Big Apple, a city as flamboyant as his personality.

“I just blend in with the city and its people,” he said.

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Morning Line

Anybody find it a coincidence that Sean Avery is unable to “suit up” for practices and preseason games due to a knee injury at the same time Fashion Week ‘09 is exploding onto runways in New York?

-via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge.

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Avery Talks Rangers

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Before lacing up his skates,  Avery talked about his newest teammates, his coach and the upcoming season:

            On Donald Brashear: “I know he’s a scary dude…I’ve never fought him; I’ve never been dumb enough to do that… It’s always good to have a presence physically on the team, whether it’s a guy on the back or a guy upfront, I think it’s something that’s important, and as much as people say it’s not a part of the game, it is

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Lundqvist The Performer

Rangers forward Sean Avery opened a New York restaurant and bar earlier this summer, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was there to perform on the guitar.

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Late Night With Avery

from the New York Rangers,

Avery chatted with (Jimmy) Fallon for several minutes before Fallon surpised the 29-year-old Blueshirts winger by challenging him to an accuracy-shooting contest. Fallon agreed to donate the suit he was wearing to Career Gear, an organization that gives job-interview clothes to the homeless and others trying to get a fresh start in life, if Avery won the shootout.

If Avery lost the shootout, Fallon said Avery would have to put on a Philadelphia Flyers jersey to honor the members of his show’s band, The Roots, who hail from Philadelphia.

Avery accepted the challenge and went on to easily defeat Fallon in the shootout, breaking four of five targets before Fallon had broken his first.

more and watch a video of the Avery appearance below…

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Avery Ends Up In Tennessee

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

So first, Sean Avery partners with pals in a bar on Warren Street.

Now there’s word that he’ll be a field reporter at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival starting Thursday for FUSE TV, interviewing musicians and fans at the Manchester, Tennessee site…

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Avery Responds To Not Playing In Game 5

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I totally stand behind what Torts did,” said Avery, who took two mindless penalties in the final 10 minutes of the Rangers’ 2-1 Game 4 victory. “The team comes first.

“I made a mistake. I took two bad penalties. I put the game in jeopardy. It wasn’t something I did intentionally, but that’s no excuse. I did it.

“I realize that Torts is making me a better player. The team always comes first. I’ll do anything for these guys. No one feels worse than me at this point.”

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No Excuse For Avery’s Actions

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Game 4 was his worst night as a Ranger. Nothing comes close to it. Instead of getting into the Capitals’ heads, Avery allowed the NHL, the officiating and the unforgiving environment in which he works, to get into his. And look at what happened—he was a liability to the only people who will employ him.

Avery needs to breathe deep here. He needs to take a timeout and practice the meditation exercises he learned during his time away this winter. He needs to call a timeout on the anger that built inside of him and led to two reckless plays that nearly wrecked Wednesday’s Game 4 for his teammates.

Because if Avery can’t call a timeout on himself, John Tortorella will have to do it for him. There is, in fact, no excuse not to, for the head coach’s obligation isn’t to Avery, it’s to the Rangers.

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Don Cherry On The Antics Of Avery

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How To Handle Avery

from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,

The Capitals are expecting some antics from Avery, prepared for it, actually. “Wouldn’t you do what you do best?” asked Coach Bruce Boudreau. Avery’s role in the first-round series between the Capitals and the New York Rangers will be to agitate Ovechkin if he can, and in general to be “a really good thorn in our side,” Boudreau predicts. They’re braced for his irritating act, the swaggering belligerence clad in a high-fashion wardrobe—will he wear Dries van Noten to the game, or Alexander McQueen?—and the combination of raw knuckles and condescension.

Avery’s tactics are all about control; it’s as if his hand is on a dial manipulating the temperatures of others. He upsets his victims with crudeness, but what should bother them most is his calculation. It’s all a set-up, he goads others by questioning their toughness, gets the best of them by honing in on their insecurities, then leaves them regretting the loss of self-control, and often walks away the winner.

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How Far Can Avery Go?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Excuse me, but Milan Lucic sticks out his leg and injures a defenseless Nik Antropov by going knee-on-knee midway through the second period on Saturday, and it’s Sean Avery who should be suspended for kind of stupidly using his stick to tap Tim Thomas on the back of his helmet during a TV timeout?

The absence of context is the crux of the issue here, just as always. Headhunters such as Chris Pronger and Gary Roberts, who historically injure opponents, are routinely deified, notably by the sanctimonious brigade north of the border, but Avery, who has never hurt anyone but himself, must be banned for the good of the sport?

Avery has been a better pure player this time around than he was in his first Broadway run, but he hasn’t had quite the same impact. That’s because he’s trying to figure out how far he can go without being hauled in for a strip-search.

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Thomas On Avery

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Sean Avery felt yesterday was the perfect time to give Thomas one to grow on - specifically, a smack to the back of the helmet as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie was stretching his legs during a TV timeout in the third period.

“Unwritten rule,” Thomas mused, following his 31-stop afternoon and a 1-0 win over the Rangers that led to the Bruins clinching the Eastern Conference regular-season title. “Nothing happens during TV timeouts.”

Like most parts of the rulebook, the TV timeout rule hasn’t been committed to memory by the pugnacious Ranger forward. With Thomas some 30 feet out in the slot, stretching his hamstrings, Avery oh-so-subtly cruised up from behind and smacked his stick to the back of Thomas’s head.

“You look up and see who it is,” recalled Thomas, “and you’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So it was just reflex.”

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Sean Avery With A Stick To The Back Of The Head Of Tim Thomas

Late in the 3rd period with the Bruins leading the Rangers 1-0.  TV timeout, Bruins goaltender taking a break on his knees.

Avery skates by and stick makes contact with Thomas.  Avery looks innocent, and the fun begins.

Both Avery and Thomas received 2 minutes for roughing and the Bruins ended up winning, 1-0.

The above video is via the Rangers network and watch the Bruins network broadcast of the play below…

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Watching Avery’s Every Move

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s one thing for a player to be shadowed on the ice by a checker, the way Jaromir Jagr was for a time by Jay Pandolfo, or Bobby Hull was by a pest named Bugsy Watson.

It’s quite another thing, however, for a player to be shadowed on the ice by game officials, the way that Sean Avery has been by referees and linesmen alike throughout the first three games of his return to the Rangers.

The NHL is on trial here every much as is Avery, the man Gary Bettman suspended for saying bad words on television, but whose television partners have no trouble exploiting to attract and keep viewers.

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The Avery Treatment

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“This was a hard-core 14-day treatment conducted in a lockdown environment in which Sean was grouped with patients who were experiencing serious addiction problems,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of remaining anonymous.

“Sean worked on a technique called, ‘mindfulness,’ which is a type of meditation exercise that gives an individual a type of checklist in his mind that allows him time to consider what he is going to say before he actually says it.

“It’s like installing a switch that slows things down.”

Since completing the two-week program after entering Stage 1 of the NHL/NHLPA behavioral health program, Avery has continued to receive counseling, with regularly scheduled sessions with a personal therapist in New York. These sessions will continue for an indefinite period, perhaps for the remainder of Avery’s career, if not life.

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Just What The Rangers Needed

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

My gut feeling is that a reformed-enough Avery is precisely what the roster requires and at no cost to the current lineup – at least not yet.

Smart enough to have learned his lesson; young enough to still ooze with energy, grateful plenty for a second chance, Gabbo, I predict, be a galvanizing force in the dressing room as well as on the ice.

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As Expected, Avery A Ranger

640AM in Toronto reports Sean Avery claimed by the New York Rangers.

added 12:05pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN confirms.

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As Expected, Avery On Waivers

via TSN Ice Chips,

The Stars placed exiled forward Sean Avery on waivers Monday. The team that claims him, likely the Rangers, would split the remainder of his four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Stars. If no team makes a claim, Dallas would likely return him to the minors.

I heard Bob McKenzie on one of the numerous radio shows today and he said the Rangers would have to clear some cap space in order to put Avery on their roster.

Update 3:30pm ET: More at TSN

The New York Rangers may well have cleared the way to allow Sean Avery to make his return to the Big Apple by assigning forward Mark Bell to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL on Monday.

Avery was placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars’ earlier in the day, with all signs pointing towards the Rangers willing to pick up the controversial forward for his second tour of duty in New York.  By sending Bell to the AHL, the team has freed up some space under the salary cap.

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I, John Tortorella Agree…

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

When freshly-hired New York Rangers coach John Tortorella refused to discuss Sean Avery the other day - the same Avery who Tortorella used to roast during his TSN gig - most everyone suspected the awful truth: the Rangers were probably desperate enough to bring Avery back into the fold.

Now comes word from an NHL source that the Rangers are so intent on bringing Avery back they gave Tortorella a condition of employment: you can have the job but you’re almost certain to be coaching Avery before the season is done.

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Get Avery To New York Now

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Today would be as good a time as any even if Avery, who played his first game for the Wolf Pack in last night’s 4-1 loss to Manitoba, might need another game or two to build his stamina, After claiming Avery on re-entry, the Rangers could assign him to Hartford for conditioning.

“I think [the NHL] is where I belong; that’s the type of player I am,” said Avery, who had last played 11 weeks ago today for the Stars in Edmonton. “But in saying that, I’m just happy to be playing here and I’ll worry about [the NHL] when the time comes.”...

Two NHL teams with the right to claim Avery on re-entry before the Rangers - Tampa Bay and Toronto - had scouts at the match, though neither is believed interested. Unless there’s a shocker, he’s the Rangers.

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Also from Brooks,

Wade Redden is Glen Sather’s Folly. That has become painfully obvious fewer than 60 games into a six-year, $39 million contract that stands as the worst in the history of the NHL, if not in the history of hard-cap pro sports.

With skills declining so precipitously over the last three seasons that if he played baseball, one would deduce that he had built his previously admirable career resume on PED’s, the 31-year-old defenseman is the GM’s Greatest Mistake, far more substantial than Stephane Quintal or Theo Fleury or Bobby Holik, or any of those pre-lockout signings that all came with erasers.

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Sean Avery Making Personal Changes

From Arthur Staple at Newsday:

“It was just a real important time in my life,” [Sean Avery] said today. “Just one of those things where I took some time to sit back and help myself become a better person. It was amazing. It was something that was important for me as a person, as a man. Actions speak louder than words.”

It’s Avery’s actions that will be scrutinized when he does get into a game with Hartford. That likely won’t happen until Saturday, or possibly a week from today—he said he did not do much skating in his two months away—and then, he’ll have to show he can be the abrasive, sometimes abusive, edge player who got himself that multi-million dollar deal.

“I’ve been playing hockey for a long time, and my on-ice game has never been an issue,” he said. “It’s other things I was working on. But I’m sure there’s still going to be an element of Sean Avery hockey that’s exciting to watch.”

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