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Tortorella makes Avery healthy scratch

Dec 11, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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A fixture in the Rangers lineup since being recalled from the AHL, New York center Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight against Florida. Erik Christensen, who hasn’t played since Nov. 23, will draw back in.

“I don’t think Sean’s been dead-on,” head coach John Tortorella told ESPN New York. “Having said that, he hasn’t got a bunch of ice time. I’m just having problems finding ice for him. I have other guys that are filling areas and doing what I need done and I’m a little concerned about shootouts.”

This is obviously a nod to Christensen’s shootout prowess. One of the most successful takers since the shootout was implemented, he’s gone 24-for-46 over his career — the ninth-most goals in NHL history.

It’s also a nod to Avery’s declining role on the team. He’s only seen 10-plus minutes of action twice this year and played 29:38 over the last five games, with the enforcer/agitator minutes being eaten up by Brandon Prust and Andre Deveaux.

Christensen will center New York’s fourth line between Prust and Brandon Dubinsky, but his offensive abilities will see him get some second-unit powerplay time as well.

“You can see he shows signs of his talent, his skill, but again it’s a shift here a shift there,” Tortorella said. “We’re hoping he can become more consistent”

  1. lsxphotog - Dec 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Nice, he should look on the bright side; it gives him another chance to wear a dumb suit.

  2. rainyday56 - Dec 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    HBO: “our f-bomb quota is way down Torts. Think you can do one you those rants like Bouds did last year?.

    Torts: “how about this? ‘Hey Sean, you’re sitting tonight.'”

    Avery: “why you &%$*&&, ##*&%*, @@&%#$-**!”

    HBO: “thanks coach, that’ll do.”

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:52 PM

      Yup, this is sure to spice up the drama on 24/7.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Good. Only 10+ mins twice, eh? I wonder where those guys who believe he’s an “effective player” as opposed to a complete tool are

  4. lexbubba - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Deveaux was sent down to Hartford last week. Clearly, he’s not taking up Avery’s minutes. Torts just can’t stand the guy.

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