Whale announce playoff roster: No Sean Avery

March 7, 2012, by

In what really shouldn’t be shocking news, Sean Avery was left off the Connecticut Whale’s playoff roster. “Clear Day” passed this week, and rosters had to be set by then. No additions or subtractions can be made from these playoff rosters. Notably off the roster was Avery, who had been a healthy scratch for the past several weeks. Instead of taking the high road like Wade Redden, Avery chose to force his way off the roster.

Consider Mr. Avery’s tenure with the New York Rangers organization finished. The full roster for the Whale’s playoff run is after the jump.


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Chris McKelvie Loaned to ECHL Greenville

HARTFORD, March 6, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today the team’s 22-man “Clear Day” playoff list, and that forward Chris McKelvie has been loaned to the Whale’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.

Per AHL by-laws, only the 20 skaters and two goaltenders on the Clear Day roster are eligible to suit up for the Whale for the remainder of the AHL regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs, unless emergency conditions result from recalls, injuries or suspensions.

Signed Junior players, or players who join the team on amateur tryout agreements after their Junior or college seasons are complete, are also allowed to see action for AHL teams during this period, regardless of whether or not emergency conditions exist.

Following is the Whale’s Clear Day list:

Goaltenders (2):      Chad Johnson, Cameron Talbot

Defensemen (8):      Brendan Bell, Tim Erixon, Sam Klassen, Jared Nightingale, Blake Parlett, Wade Redden, Pavel Valentenko, Mike Vernace

Forwards (12):         Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ryan Bourque, Andre Deveaux, Tommy Grant, Kris Newbury, Jordan Owens, Jeff Prough, Scott Tanski, Kelsey Tessier, Andreas Thuresson, Casey Wellman, Mats Zuccarello

McKelvie has skated in 38 games with the Whale this year, and the second-year pro out of Bemidji State University has scored two goals and added three assists for five points, while serving 42 minutes in penalties.

The Whale’s next action is this Friday night, March 9 at the XL Center, a GEICO Connecticut Cup game vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  That game faces off at 7:00 PM, and fans can take advantage of a special food combo at every remaining Whale Friday home game, as a hot dog and a 12-ounce soda is only $5.

Then this Saturday night, February 10, when the Norfolk Admirals visit the XL Center for a 7:00 game, is CT Hockey Hall of Fame Night.  The night marks the enshrinement of a new class of 2012 inductees into the CT Hockey Hall of Fame, which has adopted eight members from the storied Hartford Whalers Hall of Fame.  The new inductees are: Connecticut-bred Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, ex-Hartford Whalers 56-goal scorer Blaine Stoughton, former Whalers goaltender Mike Liut, former Whalers captain Pat Verbeek, Connecticut Whale/Hartford Wolf Pack franchise icon, long-time captain and current head coach Ken Gernander, three-time Olympic medalist for Team USA and all-time NCAA women’s leading scorer Julie Chu, and one of the founders of the New England Whalers, William E. Barnes.  There will be an induction ceremony during the game, and fans can take home a special souvenir, as 5,000 Hall of Fame posters will be given away, courtesy of SuperCuts.

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats and mini plans, visit, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

The AHL’s Connecticut Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin and Howard Baldwin, Jr..  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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  1. Rickyrants13 says:

    Weather it was Torts or Sather that screwed him over. I hope Karma bites them in the ass

    • Jackson says:

      From a fan’s perspective, you can’t really know what went on between Avery and those you mentioned. That being said, I see no reason to assume it was the organization’s fault over Avery’s lack of character.

      • jW says:

        I doubt every organization that Sean has played for screwed him. He was unwanted everywhere for a reason.

    • Spozo says:

      Avery has been either waived or suspended by every NHL team he has played for. Now add an AHL team to that list. Im no rocket scientist but I think that means he might be the problem. Not the gm and coach that have built a presidents trophy contender this season.

  2. Zen says:

    People love Avery unconditionally based on the team’s early success with him in the line-up and his entertaining (for some) antics. They will go to the grave suppurting him like a cult leader.

    Truth is that he has sucked for awhile and brings little to the team but headaches and turnovers. I appreciate what he initially brought to the team, but it is time to move in. It is the team’s best interests and therefore Sather & Torts can’t be blamed.

  3. Rickyrants13 says:

    7 mins a game and playing 4th line duty does not = sucked. He was bing screwed by a coach that no longer wanted him and maybe never did. Maybe Avery banged his wife. All I know is they could have waived him and let him go and they didnt. That tells me someone had it out for him.

  4. Adam says:

    On this, I really have to wonder what kind of sulking Avery was doing in the AHL. I also wonder if he can get another job in another NHL organization, or if he will have to head to Europe to continue his career.

    So Torts and Avery may not have seen eye-to-eye, but what’s his excuse with respect to the Whale? This year, he really didn’t fit in with the TEAM as espoused by Torts and Cally. Antics can only get you so far…you gotta have heart.

  5. Mikeyyy says:

    A pure travesty.

    This organization has been pretty classless on the whole Sean Avery thing.

    From torts telling the media Avery has no skill to being forced to call him up just to send him down, then not give him the opportunity to keep playing in the NHL.

    This is how an organization treats someone who gave his team his spleeen in the playoffs.

    This may be the new NHL. But Avery is old school….Eddie shore old school.

    Thank you for your years of commitment to this team, and I am truly sorry the organization has decided to take the low road on this. If karma is real, we will pay for this treatment down the line.

    • IPoopOnYou says:

      Avery was a class act! Especially his sloppy seconds comments! What was MSG thinking? Who cares that he got offed by every team he played for? Who cares if he isn’t coachable? Who cares that he never scored 20 goals?

      He deserves better than every other player who has ever been cut, traded, demoted, etc. He is the greatest ever!

      Mikeyyy start a Avery fan club, I’ll join.

    • Rickyrants13 says:

      I agree Im getting sick and tired of this team and its fans throwing what were fan favs under the buss as soon as there is one bit of anything other then perfection. This has been going on since the lockout. And Im tired of it.

      Avery, Betts, Hollweg, Ortmier and others.

      • IPoopOnYou says:

        I was being sarcastic. These guys are grown men. Few go out on their own accord.

        • Mijeyyy says:

          just saying I think he deserved better than what we gave him in the end.

          No need to get all crazy on me there poopy.

          I expected more from the org. Just one fans opinion.