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Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:06 pm

By Brian Stubits

You could see this coming from a mile away. Ten miles even.

The New York Rangers placed Sean Avery on waivers on Friday, bringing an end to this chapter of his Rangers career. It clears the way for him to join another team -- if any are interested -- or go back to the AHL, where he started the season with the Connecticut Whale.

Avery was called up a few weeks into the season because of a host of injuries with the Rangers, most notably Mike Rupp. But now Rupp is back to being healthy and Avery hasn't played in nine games, a healthy scratch in each of them.

The Rangers started the season slowly -- which they obviously have remedied -- and it led to calls from Rangers fans to get Avery back with the team, they needed some spark. Avery was recalled and the team took off. It was more coincidental than anything, but it coincided with Avery's callup.

It could make for an interesting scene in 24/7, but I don't think it will get much of a mention. But that's one thing we've seen in HBO's Hard Knocks series, covering NFL teams in their training camps, seeing players get cut from the rosters.

So now what comes next for the 31-year-old winger who is more known for his antics and off-ice noise than his game? We'll have to wait and see. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Avery's agent was given permission to seek potential landing spots with other NHL teams during the recent roster freeze. Considering he has gone through the waivers process unclaimed already this season, it doesn't seem likely a team will take a flier on him now.

I still think Avery can have some value to teams. He is a high-energy player who was on his best behavior in his time with the Rangers this season. It might be hard for you to believe, but Avery only took one minor penalty in his 15 games with the Rangers, scoring three goals. But he is a bit toxic from some of his past. I'd be surprised if somebody wanted to take a chance on him.

Let's put it this way: Would you want Sean Avery on your team?

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Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:25 am

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

You would think the Flyers would want Avery, he would be perfect in Philly, the fans would love him!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:22 am

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Yes, I would love to have Avery on my team.  Yes, he's a bit of an a-hole, but he can play, and has an energy that gets the other team off its game.  However, Im a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and since Dion Phanuef is our captain, there is no way in hell he comes to Toronto.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:41 pm

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Candy- Before you call anyone clueless, check your stats. Boyle DOES play a tough game, not sure where you have been. TOUGH doesnt necessarily mean dropping the gloves and sitting in the penalty box every game.  Boyle has averaged appx 3 hits per game for the past 2 seasons and is up there with Callahan- thats tough in my book. Prust and Rupp can handle the glove dropping.

You cant have a guy on your team that has the entire league gunning for him, the referees turning a blind eye to penalties against him, and the entire NHL brass watching him with a microscope... enough is enough, this team is deeper than past years, and Avery is the 15th best forward- behind Wolski and Christensen,  we have where in prior years he was in the top 12 because of lack of depth.

I would much rather have Rupp pound Kopecky then to let him walk out of that scrum scott free. Sestito was running guys all game in the philly game- that why Rupp went after him and not Shelley. Thats not the first time a goon turned down another goons invitation to dance....oh yeah, and the Rangers won that game so why dance at all? Rupps a smart player and would fight Shelley in an instant if it was going to help the team. Thats why Kopecky got a beat down, that would have deservedly happened no matter who it was. It helps the team and was the right thing to do.

...and you know what else gets people off their game- relentless pressure. Thats why the team is winning.

Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:37 pm

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Nobody is going to touch him. He will clear waivers again. Back down to the farm. Enjoy Avery you will be the best dressed Ahl'er. He is nothing but a cancer. Finally good to see at the stuff he has done coming back to bite him in the a$$. He is an embarrassment to the NHL. Enjoy being a model zoolander.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:22 am

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

you mention Boyle and rough stuff?, you are the reason many of our fan base are clueless. Sean wasn't here to be tough, he was here to get others off their game. the fans loved him, chanted his name as much as henrik's, and Rupp is a coward, going after Kopecky like that, while chickening out to Shelley vs the Flyers while on the same shift trying to fight Sestito. Rupp is a female dog.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:48 am

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Avery should get picked up, he will do what is asked of him and that you can't take lightly. If you have a Good dressing Room, he would be fine.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:40 am

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Not all ranger fans love Sean Avery. I dont and most people I know don't. I just dont think the Rangers need his type of player right now. Rupp, Boyle, Dubinsky, and Prust can handle the rough stuff, and energy doenst seem to be an issue with the 2011/2012 NYR. He is a dirt bag, so the logical place for him to land would be Philly. How great would that be for 24/7 and with the winter classic to have Avery playing on Philly in the game?

In all seriousness, Avery can add a lot to a team in need of a spark when he is on "HIS" game. Most of the time he is a pretty good 4th liner. He has speed, a wicked shot, and is not  a defensive liability. However, there were times when the game became about how close to the edge he could take it, rather than winning the game, and thats when he frustrates his own fans

He has already cleared waivers once. I saw a post that he is signed for 2012/2013 as well. Accoring to capgeek this is incorrect, and he goes UFA at the end of this season. So I cant imagine that no team would take him on for a half million for the rest of the season. A lot of teams look like they coul use a spark. If he does make it back, hopefully he heads out west.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:10 am

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Listen to all these Avery haters, what a joke. Every one of them is hoping their team picks him up. No player brings more energy than Sean does and since when does any team in any sport care about what their player says when he is not playing. Torts won't admit he made a mistake and that's what it comes down to. Are you telling me you'd rather have Wolski, Christensen or Rupp instead of Avery? At least Rupp fights but combined the 3 of them couldn't score if they used 3 sticks each. 

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:55 pm

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

As a Pens fan I am concerned.  It looks like the Rangers are trying to put the best players they have on the ice.  Avery is done.  He has no one to blame but himself.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:48 pm

Rangers place Sean Avery on waivers again

Village: I don't think he'll be unemployed too long. He proved in NY that he can behave himself if he chooses to, and this is the time of year certain teams start to panic (witness all the coach firings). Someone will want his services.

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