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Avery: “I know I can help”

Dec 16, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers will look to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday in Phoenix. Whether Sean Avery participates remains up in the air, but what’s clear is his frustration at watching from the press box.

Avery last saw action Saturday in Buffalo, if you can call 3:48 of ice time action. He’s been made a healthy scratch by coach John Tortorella the last three games.

“It’s definitely more frustrating,” Avery told the New York Post when asked how it felt to watch his team lose back-to-back games. “I know I can help.”

But his chances to help the Rangers on a consistent basis might have diminished even further with the expected return of Mike Rupp to Saturday’s lineup. The big forward’s been out since October with a knee injury.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    When will this guy just go away for good?

    • stakex - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      Why should he? He actually looked really good in what little ice time he had with the Rangers this year… even managing to score 3 goals in the 15 games hes played. At that pace he would score between 15-20 goals in a full season. Now imagine if he was playing 15 minutes a night instead of 4.

      Like him or not Avery is a good player, and under any other coach he would be playing on one of the Rangers top two lines. Torts just doesn’t like him.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        You’re right, Torts doesn’t like him, which is completely understandable. Guy is just a total clown and often a disgrace to the game. Under any other coach he would not be playing at all either seeing as he was put on waivers and nobody wanted anything to do with him.

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:49 PM

        Did you say under any other coach he would be top two lines??! I’m pretty sure the only top lines Avery has are fashion lines or white lines; all the power to him but definitely not competing for an NHL salary. Loved his obvious disgust for the Anisimov ridiculousness but should have said something given his precarious place on the team.

  2. charliereno - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    While Avery may not have a spot on this team, or any for that matter, does Tortorella? The Rangers have finished 4th in the Atlantic 2 out of his 3 years (3rd place last year), with a 4-4 playoff record and 2 quarterfinal exits (to include blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Caps in 2008-2009).

    While Avery may not be of use to the Rangers, I fault 50% of that on a stubborn coach who hasn’t got the most out of a talented team in his 3 year career with the team.

  3. bwayblues79 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Anyone who has actually watched Avery this season knows he’s toned his rhetoric way down and has contributed more to the team than Christiansen, Wolski, and Rupp combined, yet Torts will give a roster spot to those clowns ahead of Avery any night of the week. It’s a shame.

    Also, anyone who’s watched the Rangers this season should have noticed that this squad is the best one on the ice in a long time. Balanced scoring, some young studs on defense, and everyone is playing inside Torts’ system. Get Staal and Sauer back on the ice and you’re talking about a team that can compete with the NHL’s elite teams. He’s not a prefect coach by any stretch, but I’d take him over 95 percent of the NHL’s other coaches.

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