Looks like Erik Christensen has won the battle for the final roster spot. Sean Avery will be waived by the New York Rangers. Avery was a healthy scratch for the last two preseason games, and many, including myself, thought it was so that cocah John Tortorella could get a longer look at what they had in Christensen. It turns out that they liked what they had in Christensen, even if his blown defensive coverage led to the decisive goal during yesterday’s game.
Avery will be waived and can be sent to the CT Whale. His days in New York were numbered, but I don’t think anyone expected them to be over before the season even started.
Update 11:30am: While I am not a fan of Christensen (he is way too inconsistent and seems complacent in his own end), I can see his value in the shootout. Avery did nothing to earn a spot on the team. Avery’s cap hit made him the easier cut, and Christensen is the lesser of two dead-weight evils.
For a complete breakdown of the pros and cons of Sean Avery’s departure, click here.