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Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:59 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 5:59 pm

By Brian Stubits

Sean Avery could have gone to Europe to play hockey and made millions more. Instead he turned it down to play for the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Connecticut.

"There was a lot of money on the table to go to Russia, but I don't necessarily feel that was something that I wanted to do," Avery told the Connecticut Whale writer Bruce Berlet. "There wasn't enough money to go somewhere like Switzerland. I'm 100 miles from home, and that certainly factors into it, for sure."

Clearly Avery loves New York too much to want to leave. And why wouldn't he? As Kevin DeLury at the New York Rangers Blog points out, Avery has interests in Manhattan, namely two of his own restaurants and the abundance of fashion.

I share this because it seems this is the message fans are always screaming for players to understand. Here we have a guy who took less money to stay somewhere he is happy, making a decision that goes beyond the bank. Of course, it's the dispised Avery and he's choosing between less attractive options than usual, i.e. NHL clubs, it's unlikely to garner any positive sentiments.

Of course, another reason he could be sticking around is the possibility he could be recalled to join the Rangers. It's still an option, however unlikely it might be.

When asked if he thought he might return to the Rangers this season, his answer was "Probably not, I doubt it."

It has been no secret that he and coach John Tortorella haven't seen eye to eye on a lot. Here's some more of what he told Katie Strang at ESPN New York.

Avery, who has been rehabbing an injured right shoulder since reporting to the Connecticut Whale earlier this month, indicated he didn't believe he was given a fair shot to make the Rangers out of training camp.

"I'd say it's pretty obvious," Avery said. "I'll let everyone else decide for themselves.

"[Tortorella] told me it was his decision and that was pretty much it," Avery said.

Avery continued to say that he thinks he can still play in the NHL. The only problem is I can't foresee any team giving him the chance to prove it at this point.

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Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:14 pm

Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

Sounds Like Avery is OWS material (blame everyone but yourself).  See ya Flea Bag.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:12 pm

Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

Hey, is that same Hall of Fame goalie that the Ranger faithful were chanting, "Uncle Daddy" to, a few years back?  I know Avery is his own worst enemy, but the guy can play; if he can learn how to shoot and score, he might get back.  Torts was glad to be rid of him, but Torts hasn't done $hit since he fluked a Stanley Cup all those years ago!

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:41 pm

Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

What a fitting end to the biggest jerk that the NHL has ever seen!!! See ya LOSER!!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:13 pm

Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

Wow. What a CHUMP. He doesnt deserve to play in the AHL either. Make him go to ECHL where theyll kill him. lol

But yea, good riddance is right. Just a classless jester with no respect for the game, although he could play well when he wasnt a selfish fancy boy, seeking attention. A waste of talent in the game basically.

But, i wouldnt be surprised if a desperate NHL team signs him to shake things up during a slump or whatnot. 

I still wanna see him get his a s s handed to him ala Tid Domi/Ulf Samuellson. 

I'll settle for him gone from the NHL forever. HAHA.

Enjoy the AHL monkeyboy!

Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:09 pm

Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

Good riddance!  I hope he never plays at the NHL level again.  This guy was one of the most disrespectful players ever!  I remember how he disrespected one of the best goalies of all time (Brodeur) in the playoffs a couple of years ago.  The sad part is that he has plenty of talent.  He just can't keep himself from doing absolutely stupid things.  What ya gonna do?

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:50 pm

Sean Avery chose AHL assignment over Euro offers

Playing career over ?  I'd have to imagine it is, if Avery isn't interested in competitive play anymore. 

This looks to me like he's playing out the string for that last bit of guaranteed money, and is already thinking about life after playing hockey.  Sean Avery had expressed some interest in broadcasting at some point, so maybe that's where he ends up.  And why not- after all, P.J. Stock ended up on Hockey Night and he had about as much marketable "skills" as Avery...

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