by Patrick Hoffman on 10/06/11 at 03:50 PM ET
Unfortunately, that is all that can be said when it comes to waived New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery, who was waived by the team.
The writing has been on the wall for awhile when it comes to Avery. It is/was apparent that head coach John Tortorella and the Rangers’ pest did not get along.
Last season, Avery found himself scratched several times and that was also the case this preseason as well. Tortorella even went as far to say that there are better hockey players on the club than Avery at the current time so it was obvious that this was going to happen whether fans liked it or not.
When looking at Avery, it is easy to see that there are both pros and cons.
- Hard working player
- Can create scoring chances
- Has soft hands (sometimes)
- Sticks up for his teammates on the ice
- Takes stupid penalties at crucial times
- Argues too much with the officials
- Appears in the gossip pages at times
As you can tell, there is both good and bad when it comes to Avery. Does the good that Avery has outweight what Rangers’ forward Erik Christensen has?
Who knows the answer to that question but Tortorella better hope that he is right or he might hear it from Rangers’ fans at some point this season.
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