Tortorella, Avery Involved In He Said/He Said

October 19, 2011, by

The drama with Sean Avery and John Tortorella continues. Avery was candid in his comments to Katie Strang of ESPN when asked about his shot at making the Rangers and if the Rangers will ever recall him. On being recalled:

Probably not. I doubt it.

On him being given a fair shot:

I’d say it’s pretty obvious. I’ll let everyone else decide for themselves.

Tortorella, upon being made aware of these comments after the Rangers skate in Vancouver, had this to say:

I’m so busy worrying about this team. This is the first time I’ve heard about it,” Tortorella said. “We go about our business here, and I know that’s a story I’m sure that’s going to be talked about a lot, because Sean was here and very well-liked, but again I’m coaching this hockey club here. Talk to Kenny (Whale coach Ken Gernander). I don’t know what’s going on down there. So I can’t comment on it.

It’s very clear that neither like each other. We’ve covered why keeping Erik Christensen over Avery for the 13th forward spot was the right move, even if unpopular among the fanbase. It’s not something we are going to continue to dive into, but these comments are interesting nonetheless.


  1. The Suit says:

    I’m officially retiring from giving my opinions on Sean Avery haha. I’m so over it.

  2. Becky says:

    I don’t think it’s interesting, it’s Avery being a whiny brat trying to stay relevant and Torts commenting back which I don’t agree with. Waste of time and media coverage.

  3. Matt says:

    thing is, this proves that at least part of Torts’ decision was based on his relationship/like/dislike of Avery.

  4. Nange says:

    How does the quote prove anything about Torts not liking Avery? I mean, yes we’ve all heard the “Send him home!” quote but what Torts said today was as neutral as Torts gets. Torts just basically said, “I’ve made my decision and I’ve got nothing to say about his comments in public.”

  5. Walt says:

    I didn’t want to see Avery sent down, but since he is in Hartfort, don’t bother giving him any space on this blog page. The world knows that the coach, and player dislike each other, that will never change, and the more Avery talks up, the greater the chance of him never see MSG ice again!!!!!

  6. Mikeyyyy says:

    Avery’s comments do hold some truth to it.

    He played well in the past with both Richards and Gaborik.

    He was never even inserted into that line. Even in a scrimmage. He came to camp in great shape.

    Not saying the decision was wrong. But best to be honest. Torts should say exactly why he decided to get rid of him.

  7. Joe says:

    Why do you say you proved it was the right move? You proved that its your opinion, and others have a different opinion. That’s all. The games have PROVED a different scenario, in my opinion. Avery would have brought much more to the Islander game than did EC. I believe Dave said he’d rather get two points in the standings than be entertained, which blew my mind. As though this team will go far in the playoffs.

    • Dave says:

      “We’ve covered why keeping Erik Christensen over Avery for the 13th forward spot was the right move”

      Find the word prove in that sentence, and I’ll give you control of the blog.

      • Joe says:

        You are 100% correct, I missed that one.My bad. Question: Do you think that in that post you proved it though?

  8. kgb16 says:

    Well, all I can say is that if this Tororella -coached team is so amazing, why is Lundqvist the best player, while the rest of the team is getting its ass kicked repeatedly. Don’t tell me the 4-0 win over Vancouver means we’re good because we were hopelessly outclassed and Vancouver quit when they realized they weren’t going to ever put one by Lundqvist. There is no jump in the Rangers, and the only thing passionate is the rush to take the next stupid penalty. The only positive from a non-goaltending perspective I can see is Ryan McDonagh’s offense, so STFU Tortorella and give Avery a shot. I’m a paying fan and I have an opinion. I want him on this team because I’m not impressed with anything I’ve sen so far, especially Gaborik and Richards.

    • jay h says:

      especially gaborik and richards? Gaborik has 3 goals in 4 games and Richards has a goal and 3 assists in 4 games. I think your standards may be too high

    • ArtyFan says:

      kgb16, I would agree with you that Aves would be better choice over EC and MZA, despite the fact he less talanted than those above, but bringing better checking and taking attention to him open up space for others. Totaly disagree him playing and give a shot on 1st line. I really like trio now there, maybe WW will show even more, but I’m very doubtfull if it would be consistent effort. Aves send to Whales by few reasons Torts/Aves relation and cap space, but have no clue why MZA was dressing? It was obvious he can’t break top 9 b/c of size and chemistry already built. having him on 4th non-sense. EC is a STIFF

    • wwpd says:

      “Vancouver quit when they realized they weren’t going to ever put one by Lundqvist”

      i love this

    • Dave says:

      What exactly do you expect Gaborik and Richards to do? Richards leads the team in scoring, and Gaborik in goals.

      • jay h says:

        Clearly Gaborik needs to average a hat trick and Richards should score 5 points per game

    • JB says:

      im afraid the next torts move to actually create offense is to get lundqvist involved in the chase after the dump… that said, i do think hes doing the right thing in not reading internet chats for help in picking out the team

  9. bob says:

    I don’t believe Torts was fair with Avery.But it is what it is.It’s Torts team.Was it cap reasons,penalties,whatever.IT DOES NOT MATTER.Its done and Torts needs to show us we are better without him.

  10. Rickyrants13 says:

    So far this team hasnt shown me anything. Is it Torts fault that Staal and Sauer are out no it isnt. But that was also the case last year.

    Listen Im not gonna sit here and say Avery is a great player. But he would have given this team more then. EC, MZA or KN… Torts blew it on this one But like they say for now its his team.

    He will more then likely be gone next year because I dont see him fixing anything…

  11. klim says:

    Avery always played hard, had good speed, above average passing skills and created as many power plays as he took penalties. When the Rangers got him the first time around their winning percentage increased dramatically. Sure he made some stupid plays, show me someone who hasn’t. He’s entertaining and gives 100% every time.

  12. kgb16 says:

    Not sure if I’m hearing sarcasm brother, but can you give me any other reason why a team as talented, topheavy with scoring, excellent defense and an amazing powerplay would EVER lose to the Rangers after totally outplaying them and outshooting them. This win was Lundqvist’s and I think he demoralized the Canucks.

  13. bob says:

    If Avery lights it up down there and we are struggling up here,then Torts better bring him back up.If not then Torts is letting his personal feelings hurt the team.Then we should be complaining,until then lets not worry about Avery.Its now water under the bridge.

  14. JTC says:

    If Avery doesn’t light it up in the minors, that should tell us something too…

  15. mhurley says:

    I am really sick of this whole situation. It’s just an unseemly and unnecessary distraction. Both Avery and Tortorella are to blame. Sather should place a gag order on the both of them. At least Tom Renney knew how to be diplomatic and discrete.

    To quote Ian Richardson’s character in House of Cards, “You might ask that, but I could not possibly comment.”

    Tortorella should take that statement as his personal motto.

    • The Suit says:

      But Torts said he couldn’t comment on it and he’s only concerned with this team. I mean you can’t get much more benign than that?