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Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:15 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The loud and boisterous New York Rangers fans got their wish on Tuesday. Sean Avery cleared re-entry waivers and was immediately recalled by New York.

Now the fun begins.

Avery was reassigned to the AHL just before the Rangers opened the season in Sweden. At the time, coach John Tortorella didn't want to "jam" Avery up, saying he believed there were better players on the roster. It was a hockey decision, not a personal one.

For his part, Avery said he didn't believe he ever had a fair chance to make the roster and that he didn't expect to return to the NHL this season.

Most say Avery was recalled to give the Rangers some energy and a spark. Until Monday night's 5-2 thumping of the Sharks, they had been rather flat. Avery's game is anything but flat. Ironically, though, the game de-emphasized the need for Avery after the process to recall him had already begun. Still, the Sharks' Joe Thornton thinks the Rangers could use a little more grit still.

But Tortorella, who has a frosty relationship with Avery, said the move was done in lieu of Mike Rupp's knee injury. Again, it's a hockey move.

"This is the right decision," Tortorella said Monday. "It's the right hockey decision now and it was the right hockey decision when we sent Sean down. That's where it's at."

At least he's sticking to his guns.

We'll still have to wait and see if Tortorella will play Avery. The decision to recall him might have come from GM Glen Sather, but Tortorella still puts the players on the ice. Our first chance to see how the Torts-Avery reunion is going will be on Thursday when the Rangers host the Anaheim Ducks.

"I'm not force-feeding anything," Tortorella said after Monday's game. "If I look at the tape and think guys have done their job, you stay with your team. I just don't know what the lineup's going to be our next game. We'll see how it all works out." 

As I said, this is going to be fun.

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Comments

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Hey East5N, I'll tell what those fans know about hockey, "It shouldn't bore you to tears," that's what!  I think your just a homophobic Avery hater - because the guy has got some game, decent fighter, good skater, good on the cycle, but like the rest of the slugs in this line-up, can't score to save his life - work on your shooting boys!  What the hell are you doing in practice - is Torts regaling you all with stories about his scoring prowess in college, or what?

 




Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Avery brings NOTHING to this team.  He was flat last year and didnt have shit in camp this year.  THAT IS WHY THEY DECIDED TO WAIVE HIM.  Now pressure from fans who know nothing about hockey has resulted in a shotgun decision to bring him back when they do not need his worthless ass. Let me repeat,  he was a ghost last year.  Not even noticeable in any big games.  Waste of a roster spot.  



Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

The biggest problem are the BS calls by the ref everytime he goes near someone . Clearly the refs don't like him and something needs to be done about that.




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Then again, you know the old saying: When the cat's away . . .



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

. . .Just kidding.  (I think.)



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

All the haters can rank on Avery all they want.  Rangers fans know how much he helps this team.  He doesn't do it with scoring, but he has proven he CAN score if you're not paying attention.  He gets gritty on the boards and digs, he brings a toughness to the Rangers that they otherwise have lacked since the days of Buekeboom and Kocur, and, more importantly he brings passion to the Rangers and ignites a fire and passion in his fellow players and most importantly the Ranger fans.  I was disappointed when the Rangers waived him early on, but obviously they struggled.  I am certainly not a fan thus far of Tortorella, I think he has shown he can do little with an average team.  Once again, Sather to blame for locking up Tort to a long term contract, which I was against in the first place.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Hey, it's safe to bring him up now.  He doesn't have to face Wayne Simmonds for almost another month.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Can't wait to see Avery kick dion one jets ass and tell him how to satisfy his wife



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Rangers recall Avery after he clears waivers

Question was "who can throw the best bi-sexual party in NY??



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Answer/Question

If Avery is the answer, what again was the question?
 


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