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Avery: “I’m hungry to prove people wrong”

Dec 31, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

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A day after being waived for the second time this season, New York Rangers forward Sean Avery had some parting words for the organization and its head coach, John Tortorella.

“I have a lot to prove, and I have a lot of game left after not being allowed to play my game for the last four years,” Avery told the New York Post. “I guarantee that I’ll play my [expletive] off and give everything I have for the team that will give me the chance I wasn’t getting [from coach John Tortorella].

“That team will be getting a guy who has a lot to prove.”

The 31-year-old winger claims to have plenty of game left. While he never seemed to escape Torts’ doghouse this year, Avery was moderately effective after being recalled from AHL Hartford, scoiring three goals and recording a plus-2 rating in 15 games for the Rangers. Brooks noted Avery “played energetically, effectively and with discipline, taking one penalty that left the Rangers shorthanded.”

Avery’s agent, Pat Morris, has been granted permission to seek a trade for his client, and Avery’s comments suggest any team that acquires him would get more sandpaper than what he showed on Broadway.

“I can be the type of difference-maker I was in New York when I was there the first time and allowed to play my game,” he said. “And that’s what I’ll be for any team that’s willing to look beyond the rhetoric and see my value on the ice. I’ll give everything I have to help that team win.”
  1. kingbilly1 - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    “That team will be getting a guy who has a lot to prove.”

    No, that team will be getting a selfish, classless scumbag with absolutely no concept of “team.” They will be getting a circus act, a sideshow that the entire NHL is sick of watching. They will be getting a guy who has managed to alienate himself from both teammates and management in three different franchises. They will be getting a guy who likes to run his mouth and then let his teammates fight his battles while he turtles. They will be getting a guy who scored 2 goals last season.

    I don’t think too many NHL GM’s will be lining up to purchase Sean Avery’s services. At least this will give him more time to get manicures, visit the salon and go purse shopping. Hopefully he’s played his last NHL game and the next time we see his name in print it’s in the obituary section.

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    they will be getting a girl whose contributions can include waving her stick like a baton in front of goalies as if to say “everyone look at me”, a team fashion consultant, being a card carrying butt pirate, and an expert navigator of the west hollywood club scene. definitely worth 2+ million a year

  3. icedtearex - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Us fans in Winnipeg would love to have him,now only if management would think like us. Winnipeg fans know hockey and Tortorella can stick it up his rump.Approach Kevin the GM.

  4. icedtearex - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    CMON TO WINNIPEG SEAN. WINNIPEG HAS THE BIGGEST PERCENTAGE OF TICKET HOLDERS,MALE AND FEMALE ,WHO HAVE ACTUALLY PLAYED THE GAME,MORE THAN ANY OTHER NHL CITY. OBVIOUSLY THESE OTHER COMMENTERS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE GAME AND COULD NOT EVEN EXCEL AT MINI-STICKS. JETS PLAY HIGH ENERGY HOCKEY AND SEAN WOULD ONLY ADD TO THAT.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    You’re washed up, Sean, You weren’t any good to begin with. Shut your mouth.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      Aye, he’s a relic. There WAS a time when he was good, but the NHL’s moved on. He can’t keep up anymore.

  6. mydadyourmom - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Jets blow. Shut your caps off too.

    • icedtearex - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      OBVIOUSLY YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE NEWER FANS TO THE GAME. MOST PROBABLY FROM HONOLULU,MEXICO CITY OR PHOENIX.

  7. spizzjr - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Icedtearex you’re a moron I’m neutral with Avery but you’re just a moron go luck a frozen telephone pole

  8. spizzjr - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Lick*

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