Not So Breaking News: Sean Avery Placed On Waivers

December 30, 2011, by

As predicted here, Sean Avery has been waived by the Rangers. This is a salary cap move, as Avery and his $1.9 million salary needs to be cleared, especially if he’s not even playing.

We covered this here, here, here, here, and here. I’m actually incredibly sick of this topic. Avery has become bigger than the team, which is impressive considering he’s a fourth liner. He barely played, and was a healthy scratch. Mike Rupp’s return made this inevitable.


  1. Jess says:

    Dave THANK YOU that goes ditto for me

  2. Spozo says:

    You said it perfectly. The fourth liner has become bigger than the first place team. Watch this post get about 35 comments now.

  3. Becky says:

    He’s like the Anna Benson of athletes.

    • Chris says:

      Whos Anna Benson?

      • Becky says:

        Kris Benson was a pitcher with decent talent – not a bad guy to have on your team – but his wife was insane and kept running her mouth getting media attention. It got Benson traded to the Orioles and he’s acknowledged that it was really bc of her. Aves has been quiet lately but he’s bigger than just being a hockey player which is unnecessary unless you’re doing good with your fame OR ovechkin

      • Walt says:


  4. ArtyFan says:

    Have no Pros and Cons in that, but… What exactly Rupp brought so far? Is Aves worse than Boyle or Feds? except that they are used for PK and some O flashes. I’m not Aves fan, but with relatively the same cup hit, I prefer see him over those 3. But I’m not Torts. It’s not about Aves > or < then Rangers. It's about when team needsthe spak or wake up call, who of those 3 can provide that?

    • Chris F says:

      Arty Fan,

      That’s basically my take on things. The reason Avery has become bigger than the team is because media and fans alike are talking about him more than the team. That’s not an indictment of Avery, but rather an indictment of all of us for focusing so much on him. If you take the media circus out of the picture, Avery can be much more effective than Rupp, Boyle, or Fedotenko. He’s quick, with good hands and he can score a decent amount of goals. He’s also one of the best Rangers along the boards and behind the net. His cycling abilities are outstanding. So, I don’t see the harm in playing him, especially in place of Rupp.

      • RangerSmurf says:

        There’s more to effectiveness than just offense. What Avery gives you on offense ahead of Boyle or Fedotenko, he’s giving back more on the other end of the ice.

        On Rupp, I have no answer. He’s definitely more effective, but it’s clear the organization loves them some heavyweights.

  5. ArtyFan says:

    Sorry for some typo

  6. csfarrell says:

    You know what I’m sick of this too. I am an Avery fan. The guy did Everything asked of him and still people bitch. Still he gets scratched , still he gets no fair shot. People wanted more responsible play from it, done, more production, done, less running his mouth, done. The media and the fans blew up his image, not him not this time. The guy paid for his crim and did more than his fair share of time. People blew up his image because anyone with any kind of perspective what so ever has notice that something is not right with the situation. The guy was asked to do more and adhere to more scrutiny and expectations then anyone in the NHL. Yes he’s a bit of a rockstar so firggin what the NHL could use some of that instead he gets sent to waivers and people try to put it on him.

    • Walt says:

      First of all he has a 1.9 mil cap hit, much greater than the other players in question.

      Second, Torts loves both Boyle, and Feds, especially in the third period defensivly.

      Third, the others don’t take unnecessary penalities, Sean does at times.

      Fourth, his contract runs out this year, they won’t resign him, so let the Hagelin kid get the playing time in. He will be very good down the road.

      And finally, he is a distraction on the team, and Torts won’t have any of it.

      This coming from a guy who likes Avery, but he ran out the clock, and his welcome at MSG, according to management.

  7. kgb16 says:

    I don’t care what you guys say. As a paying season subscriber this moves pisses me off and makes me hate Tortoroni even more. Yet, one cannot argue with results, so if the wheels fall off, all will be reassessed. But I do pity the fool who thinks Rupp adds anything to this lineup.

  8. kgb16 says:

    Hey, I don’t care what you guys say. As a paying season subscriber this moves pisses me off and makes me hate Tortoroni even more. Yet, one cannot argue with results, so if the wheels fall off, all will be reassessed. But I do pity the fool who thinks Rupp adds anything to this lineup.

    • Mikeyyyy says:

      Check the stats… Rupp produces .08 ppg. Avery does .2.


      I want to respect Torts but he needs to come out and say it. I don’t like him, I don’t want him on my team.

      Let’s wait and see. If I have to break out the Avery win loss record again I will.

      And dont get angry at me for using it. Blame the rangers for supplying me the numbers.

      • Spozo says:

        Well Tortz is the reason we have Brad Richards on this team. They bought out Drury and brought in Richards and its blatantly obvious that would have never happened if Tortorella was not the coach. But you choose to blast him because he would rather Rupp on this team than Avery? I think Tortz has done a hell of a lot more good for this team han any other coach in the last 15 years. And please bring up the win/loss record wih Avery in the lineup. Also bring up the records of stralman

        • Spozo says:

          Bickel, Mitchel, and woywitka. Also keep in mind that they have all played a game in the last two weeks unlike Avery.

          • kgb16 says:

            Not sure what you mean by that. Assuming you are saying Tortoricious is responsible for them being on the team, and each has contributed in a big way, but they have nothing to do with Avery. So your point is….?

            • Spozo says:

              my point was that a teams win/loss record with a player suiting up is a terrible argument for that players importance to the team. It was “threatened” that the rangers record with Avery in the lineup would be brought up. I was pointing out that there are numerous players that you could cite the same stat for and it would probably show that the rangers have a better record with them in the lineup than not. But does that mean that they are essential to the team?

              • VinceR says:

                Exactly, Avery’s numbers are no better than any other’s since the time the team started streaking, and the streaks didn’t stop once he wasn’t playing much and eventually scratched. The team merely gelled and got hot.

                I like Avery a lot…near the beginning of the season I was thinking of taking a trip to Hartford to see him play. I enjoy following him on twitter and following what he is up to. He is a fun player with a lot of heart, and a fascinating person who does a lot of good off the ice, despite a comment made years ago that everyone harps on (and waaaaay to much was made of it after it passed…don’t understand how a comment is more shameful then impregnating your sister-in-law, but Marty slid away from that just fine).

                Anyway, he is fun to have on the team, but in the end he doesn’t have much a part in the big picture of the team.

                That’s all I see it as.

              • VinceR says:

                I should also mention, although I don’t see how it matters, I am a paying season subscriber too.

  9. Joe says:

    Dave- ” As predicted Here”? C’mon This is not exactly a Nostradamus type prediction. The writing has been on the wall since the 5 minute a game thing started. Not sure what the motivation is behind telling people you predicted something everyone knew would happen.

    • VinceR says:

      Don’t think he was trying to be “Nostradamus”…just linking to an article where he said Avery would be waived when Wolski was activated. Just being thorough and linking the article, not bragging about it.

  10. The suit says:

    As someone who drops a lot of time and money on this franchise, I’ll be happy when this distraction is no longer in the organization.

    Long live Tortorella.

    • kgb16 says:

      As a paying fan, I feel the right to voice my opinion, either at the Garden or online, and I give up a chunk of my earnings to be a closer part of this thing, so feel entitled to speak my piece. Dumb, but thats how I feel, money where mouth is, so to speak. If Avery gets picked up, I will buy his jersey from whatever team gets him (even the Isles) and wear it to the Garden in protest for the next 2 years.

      • VinceR says:

        You have the right to do what you want as far as speaking your piece. FYI, you had those rights before you bought the tickets, and everyone who doesn’t buy them has equal rights as you.

        I also don’t see any issue with wearing a CT Whale Jersey at The Garden, although I don’t think anyone will see it as a protest. See you there Thursday night, I’ll be cheering on the Blueshirts!

      • The suit says:

        wasting your hard earned money on an islanders jersey because you love avery? sounds like you are a rangers fans first and foremost and a prudent spender!

  11. ranger44 says:

    Hey well at least Dubinsky passed Avery in goals last night. He now has 4 in 36 games as where Avery had 3 in 15 games playing less than half the minutes of Dubi…..TORTS JUST DOESNT LIKE HIM! Rupp must kiss ass way better than Sean.