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Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 3:40 pm

By Brian Stubits

The New York Rangers put Sean Avery on waivers. The news was originaly reported by Larry Brooks of the New York Post, who is in Sweden to cover the team's season openers against the Kings and Ducks. The move was executed at noon by the Rangers per Dan Rosen of

The news could qualify as a stunner based on name recognition, but it doesn't come out of left field. Avery's role with the Rangers this year was never set in stone after he saw it diminish last season. He was in a battle this camp with Erik Christensen to make the roster and, well, we can see who won. Either that, or coach John Tortorella just doesn't like Avery. That's the theory the New York Rangers blog is subscribing to. Either way, Avery is out in New York.

"We think we have a better team, and think we have better players than Sean Avery," coach John Tortorella said. "Our depth put Sean in this spot. We have better players, maybe not in that role, but more versatile...certainly (Mike) Rupp helps fill that [role]."

Every NHL team will have a chance to make a claim on Avery, who is signed to make $4 million this season. Let's just say that seems unlikely to happen. Putting the factors together of an on- and off-ice headache and little production? Not entirely an ideal candidate for any team at this point. However it is possible he could get a look on re-entry waivers for a cheap rate, I just can't imagine there will be many takers.

That especially goes for the Maple Leafs, who are captained by Dion Phaneuf. Those two had a rather public spat once upon a time, leading to Avery's suspension and eventual cutting by the Dallas Stars after making a "sloppy seconds" reference about an ex of his (Elisha Cuthbert) who was dating Phaneuf.

Jesse Spector at the Sporting News reports that Avery's agent, Pat Morris, will be exploring all the options available, which naturally include joining the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Connecticut or playing in Europe. I wonder how well his trash talking and antics would translate to Russian?

But let's be honest, here: This is every NHL fan's loss. When looking ahead to this year's 24/7 series featuring the Rangers and Flyers before their Winter Classic matchup, Avery was one of the most intriguing aspects of the show. He was sure to be the Rangers' most interesting character. And with his recent incident involving the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds and "not wanting to have to kill [Claude] Giroux?" It was going to be must-see TV.

Lastly, does anybody else find it funny that Avery gets waived as his most notable contribution to hockey came from him waving his stick in front of Martin Brodeur's face?

On a somewhat related note for the Rangers, they placed Dale Weise on waivers and he nearly made it all the way through. Instead, he became the second waived player to be claimed (joining Nick Johnson, grabbed by Minnesota), being picked up by the Vancouver Canucks. It's a move that could pay major dividends down the road. The Rangers were taking a chance on waiving Weise, who had 38 points (18 goals) in 47 games for the Connecticut Whale of the AHL last season. Obvoiusly that risk backfired.

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Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:09 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

The only reason I cared to watch the rangers was because of the spectacle of Sean Avery. I wanted to see what he was going to do next to push the boundries. Sean would have been a beloved hockey player by any city, just if he was in a different era. Hopefully another team picks him up. Love him or hate him, he makes for great entertainment.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:45 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Cant say the writing wasnt on the wall if Avery, his leash kept getting shorter and shorter under Torts, and really, alot of his antics were really getting frusturating... For the people holding Cooke in a higher regard than Avery, I think Lulz put that myth to rest... cut from same mold.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:15 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Give me a break. Don't act like the islanders fans are full of class. Setting fire to the mausoleum would be an upgrade to that $h!%hole. <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;">
"Our crest" shut up!!! You need fans to actually go to the game!!!!

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:27 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Glad the Rangers dumped Avery. He's a classless goof. As for "this is every NHL fan's loss" - no it's not. If you had been following hockey as long as I have, the Rangers and Flyers are hardly about Sean Avery. The game will be plenty intriguing without that clown running around.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:06 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Hailmary, Cooke and Avery are two completely different players.  Cooke actually has some skill and is a valuable contributor to the Penguins.  Cooke needs to stop hitting poeple in the head and just keep putting up 30-40 points a season.  Avery did nothing for the Rangers

Actually, they're very similar. And you can easily argue Avery has more actual hockey talent. Cooke = .37 ppg. Avery = .43 ppg.

They are both asshats who know how to play the game but still choose to be douches. The major difference between the two is that the bullshit Avery pulls is unlikely to cripple or kill anyone. The league would be better off without either of these clowns.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:47 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

I've come to the realization that "WAIVE", really does mean "WAIVE GOODBYE".
Goodbye Mr. Avery!!!!!!!!,now The Blueshirts have a some other player that will play with his stick
on the ice, instead of his ass all the time.Frown

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:23 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

We're already over the cap floor, and most of us on Long Island would set fire to the Coliseum if Avery ever came out in our crest.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:21 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Avery isnt gay, he is however a  fringe 4th liner who adds no value ot the roster. Hence the reason he was cut and likely wont be polaying anywhere lese in the NHL this year. . 

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:40 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

i don't know why the rangers brought him back in the first place.. with that ridiculous contract he had.. he should stick to his hand bags and fashion merchendising.  Anyways, 'nucks picked up a great prospect, he might not have had a place on the rangers, but he'll definitely do work in Vancouver, they need a grinder like him. best of luck to you dale, and good f***ing riddance sean, i wish you actually fought wayne simmonds cause he would have whooped you.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:39 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

if erik christensen got cut, would it be the major story that this is?..hell no..tortorella and sather are homophobes

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