Avery Proving People Right

When Sean Avery was demoted to the CT Whale of the AHL, we said that it was the right move. This was not because we were endorsing Erik Christensen, because we weren’t, it was because Sean Avery’s effectiveness had dwindled. The 2007-2009 version of Sean Avery was superb, he was drawing more than one extra penalty than he was taking, and he was doing his job as a grinder and a pest.

But the 2009-2011 version of Sean Avery was far less effective, drawing just .1 more penalties for every one he took. He was constantly offsides, and seemed to only “bring it” on certain games. At that point, he was no longer worth is $1.9 million cap hit, and had become a liability, instead of an asset. Thus, the controversial decision to send him down was the right one. He was no longer playing the way he needed to play to stay with the Rangers.

As injuries mounted (Wojtek Wolski, Mike Rupp) and players were deemed not ready for the NHL (Mats Zuccarello), the Rangers had no choice but to recall Avery. The Rangers have been 7-0 since news of the recall broke, even if Avery has not played in all games since his recall. But, in the games that Avery has played, he seems like a renewed player.

Avery is no idiot, he knows this is his last shot to stay with a NHL club, and he is doing everything he can to stay with the Rangers. Aside from the scoreboard, the true value of Avery is in his ability to draw penalties while staying out of the box: Something he has done very well thus far.

So far, Avery has not taken a non-coincidental minor penalty, but he has drawn a few penalties on his own. His penalties drawn per 60 minutes is at 3.2, meaning he draws about three penalties per 60 minutes played. His penalties taken per 60 minutes is at 0.0, meaning he hasn’t taken any penalties that resulted in his team being shorthanded thus far. Those are extremely telling numbers, albeit with small sample size.

So why is the title of this post “Avery Proving People Right?” Simply put, we had been saying that Avery needed to be more effective to stay on the roster. He did not prove anyone wrong by playing this way and staying on the roster, it’s what we’ve been saying since the day he was demoted. He was not effective, and now he is. It’s as simple as that.

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  • during his absence, i noted he was missed even if Torts didn’t. he’s a helluva playmaker due no doubt to his sense of the ice and on occasion he puts a timely one in. moreover, can we ignore his pest quotient?

  • As effective as Avery is, mind you I’m a fan of Sean, he has been good for one reason, that is he had to eat some humble pie.

    The man is a pro, loves this town, and needs to be in the media, which he couldn’t be playing in Hartford. He also is a bright person, is saying, and doing the right things, and will do his best to continue along this path for whatever time he can. The world knows Torts has nothing but distain for Avery, but as long as he plays like he is, Torts will be eating his share of that same pie. Keep it up Sean, the team needs you!

  • Thumbs up for Mr. Avery.He is straddling the line well.For whatever reason he was sent down,I think it is going to prove beneficial for everybody.It was a strong message to Avery which will definitely push him to play better but will also make him think before committing stupid acts.So its water under the bridge and maybe Avery’s road will be a little smoother.

  • I believe that with Torts as a coach it doesn’t matter who you are….you have to earn your spot. That is the secret to this teams success. Avery’s play was not up to par last season. He was send down and now has found religion. Good on him, I hope he continues with his improved play.

  • This is the real Sean Avery….the Sean Avery we knew when he first came to the Rangers and was kicking ass + scoring goals. KEEP IT UP SEAN and never give reason to doubt you again. Yes this takes commitment, work and discipline but we all know you’re up to the task.
    KEEP IT UP SEAN …the fans are behind you.

    Frank T

  • its amazing the win loss record the rangers have with him in the lineup i am glad he is back up and the team is playing well but i think this is his last year with the rangers because of guys like kreider waiting in the minors its going to be tough for him to find a roster spot.

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