Tuesday

Sean Avery Placed on Waivers

After scratching the professional agitator’s arse in the last two preseason games, the New York Rangers have made it official that they’re ready to part ways with Sean Avery by putting him on waivers today. If he clears, the team still has to make a decision on whether they'll send him to their AHL club or put him on re-entry waivers instead.

The only thing for certain is that he will not be recalled.

Avery’s agent came out and stated that they will explore all options, including the possibility of playing in Europe.



Rangers head coach John Tortorella, never an Avery supporter (see the New York Post's Larry Brooks assessment of the dysfunctional coach-player relationship), was fairly succinct in why the club has chosen to go this route with one of the team’s most popular – and polarizing – figures:
"I think we have better players than Sean Avery, plain and simple," he said. "I can dodge it 10 different ways without trying to run Sean over. I thought he had a good camp.”
"But I think with the makeup of our team, and some of the people we've added, and some of the youth we've added as far as depth put Sean in this spot."
In this Hockey Chump’s personal opinion, it’ll be a little sad to see the guy go. He certainly made the game entertaining, and whether you liked him or not, you paid attention to what he was doing every time he was on the rink. There aren’t many players like that in the league. 

Given most clubs general disdain for him, it doesn’t seem immediately probable that he’ll be picked up by another franchise. A high-energy player when focused on playing the game, he also has a decent enough skill set to be somewhat statistically successful should he head overseas. The question, though, is how effective his physical play is in the softer leagues over there.

If all else fails, well, he always has Vogue.

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