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Rangers waive Sean Avery for second time this season

Dec 30, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

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New York Rangers GM Glen Sather got his way earlier this season by bringing Sean Avery back up through waivers, but it only seemed like a matter of time before he’d be out of favor once again. That time appears to be now, as ESPN New York’s Katie Strang reports that the Rangers waived Avery – again.

Any of the NHL’s other 29 teams are free to snatch the infamous agitator at his “full” price of just under $2 million.* If past league behavior is any indication, it’s unlikely that teams will have much interest in him unless he goes on re-entry waivers (again). Even then, most – if not all – of the league’s other GMs are unlikely to want to deal with the Avery circus.

The well-publicized pest has three goals and zero assists in 15 games, with a relatively subdued 21 PIM. It’s fairly well known that he essentially lives in John Tortorella’s doghouse, though, which is illustrated quite clearly by the fact that he received less than 10 minutes of ice time in all but two of his appearances this season and has been a scratch for nine consecutive games. It’s reasonable to wonder if he could be more effective if given a more legitimate chance.

Avery probably loves playing in New York, but for the sake of his career, he should root for another team to pick him up on waivers or re-entry waivers (if they call him back up). He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in July and his value will be at an all-time low if he fails to prove that he can still be a viable asset at the NHL level.

* – His cap hit is $1,937,500, to be exact. Full is in quotations marks because the Dallas Stars are actually responsible for another $1,937,500 thanks to their mishap with Avery.

  1. mgp1219 - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Now he’ll have more time for fashion shows and getting his hair and nails done.

  2. ballistictrajectory - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    24/7 should do a season on that…

  3. govtminion - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Hmmm… maybe the Flyers should grab him. If nothing else, it would make for a great bit of drama for HBO.

  4. canucks18 - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Hahahaha I love it

  5. hardheadcountryboy - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    More drama if he goes to the Leafs……

  6. lsxphotog - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    He’s not a modern day NHL player. Simple as that. His ice time reflects that as he hovered around the 5-minute mark and was even BELLOW 4 minutes…goodbye, Sean. Had he played 10 years ago he would be a core member of a team, but the sport has outgrown the type of player he is…plus his lack of respect makes most people, myself included, hate him.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Great news. Like I said last time this happened, I wonder where all of those who claim he is an effective player who people only hate because he’s not on their team are. This guy is the biggest clown to play in the NHL this past decade. Hopefully this time he’s being sent down for good.

    • stakex - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      I’m right here. The fact is Avery WAS an effective player for the Rangers. He looked good in the 15 games he played, and managed to score 3 goals with very limited ice time. I’d like to see many other NHL players score 3 goals in 15 games while playing about 4-5 minutes a game on the 4th line. If Avery was getting 12-14 minutes a game while playing with better players, even money says he would have produced quite well…. as he has in the past for the Rangers. Simple fact is Torts hates Avery. He would rather keep a loser like Fedotenko around who brings about zero spark for the Rangers, instead of a guy who would produce just as well (if not better)but who also brings some fire with him. Torts figures he can get away with playing favorites since the Rangers are playing well right now.

      Your just happy your team doesn’t have to play against Avery. If he was such a joke of a player, you would LOVE for the Rangers to have him in the lineup. After all, what do they say about never interupting your enemy when hes making a mistake?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2011 at 12:24 AM

        I’m not happy he doesn’t have to play against my team, I’m happy the entire league no longer has to be subjected to his antics. The guy is a complete waste of a roster spot. If the fact Torts hates him is all that’s keeping him from continuing his “effectiveness” then somebody else who wants that so-called spark in their lineup will pick him up. Funny how that didn’t happen last time and won’t happen this time.

        Fact is nobody out there wants anything to do with him and understandably so.

  8. buffalomafia - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    I bet the Sabres pick him up! They always get the has been bums!!!

  9. blastfurnaceknows - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Avery has the moral turpitude of a bipolar crack whore who now makes money trafficking her underage sister. I imagine he is what Satan would look like if he could skate on the River Styx. That being the case, I suspect the Filthadelphia Flyers will pick him up.

  10. clavette - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    looks like im gonna have to go to a whale game next week

  11. kingbilly1 - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    I hope this clown never plays another NHL game. The entire league is tired of his circus act, and he has been totally ineffective for years. He might be the most classless scumbag to ever lace them up and play an NHL game in the history of the league. Here’s hoping his career is finished as of today, he quickly blows through all of his money, and ends up broke, miserable and alone. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Good riddance, Sean, don’t let the door hit you in the @ss. . .

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