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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: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:07 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

No, it isn't ironic. That's barely a coincidence. Lots of ppl misuse irony, but sports highlights seem for some reason to be the worst offender. Can't go a whole day without it.

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:07 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise


As in "Left the Building"?  Laughing 

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:59 pm

Left Wing

How appropriate that he plays "left wing."

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:30 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

I think honestly it came down to Christensen and Avery and Christensen is the best penalty shot taker on the team.   Avery plays six minutes a night, hes been clutch in the past, but too much of  a headache for six minutes a night, not to mention those extra points you get winning shootouts end up getting you in the playoffs, look up E.C's numbers hes among the best in the league.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:30 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

A Fitting end to a low life of a player, teammates didn't even like him!! Hopefully no team will touch him and can rot away at home thinking about what an Jack@ss he has been his whole career!  SA4, you might want to change your screenname to a player that's actually on the team!! Hahaha

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:21 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Now if only the Penguins would waive Matt Cooke

I don't think the Penguins would ever waive Matt Cooke.  They had their chance to do exactly that and passed on that chance, so why would they do it now?  The time for Lemieux to make a statement was when Cooke screwed up and hurt somebody RIGHT AFTER Mario threw his 10 year old "the NHL is mean and I might quit" tantrum.  If he wanted to back his so called beliefs and feelings about violence in the game, he would have bought out Matt Cooke the day after he screwed up..... but he didn't.  And now he probably never will...

As for Sean Avery, waiving him means nothing.  All that means is they are trying to get rid of him but that doesn't matter because nobody is going to pick up his 4 million dollar salary for this season.  The Rangers are going to have 2 options.  One, they can pay him 4 million dollars to play in the AHL this year, he won't count against the salary cap but it's a lot of money to play a role player in the minors.  Or two, they can buy him out.  It's gonna cost them 2/3's of 4 million dollars to buy him out which is roughly 2.65 million dollars payable over the next 2 seasons at about 1.3 million dollars per season.  The problem with that?  Since his cap hit is only 1.9 million dollars right now, they are lucky to shave 600 grand off their cap hit by buying him out.   I don't know that I've seen a team buy a player out when they barely save anything on their team cap hit....

But those are their only 2 choices because there is no way in hell that even with a lower cap hit anybody else is going to pay Avery 4 million bucks this year.... not a chance in hell in my opinion that anybody would even think about it for one second.  

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:15 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

Two things, 1. Goodbye funny man; 2. The Islanders should sign him. They need to spend to get to the cap floor and boy would it be fun to watch him go into the Garden four times this year. The Isles need to sell some seats, his may just be the clown to attract people to the circus that is the Islander Hockey Club.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:11 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.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:00 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

I'm about 100% certain that real hockey fans were not tuning into the Winter Classic to see this arrogant windbag make a mockery of the sport.
Who writes these articles, TMZ?

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:55 pm

Rangers waive Sean Avery; Canucks claim Weise

If Avery spent as much time honing his hockey skills as he did in wearing dresses, talking smack and being an idiot...........he would make an NHL roster for sure. 

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