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Would Avery be a good fit for the Rangers?
Sat, February 7, 2009

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

Sean Avery's road back to the NHL has officially started.

The suspended Dallas Stars winger was placed on waivers today, which means he's ready to play after undergoing counselling, following comments he made earlier this season in Calgary.

If nobody claims him he will clear Monday at noon. The belief is the New York Rangers have discussed the possiblity of bringing in Avery at half-price. He still has three-years, $12 million remaining on his contract.

Would Avery be a good fit with the Rangers? Have your say in our forum.

Avery on road back to NHL



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Yes, Avery crosses the line.

He has no balls, if he did he would have the balls to say it on the ice and keep his mouth on the ice where it can be dealt with. Then the player so offended can help with corrective measures. I can't wait until his suspension is done. Hopefully Dallas trades him for an old shower mop, to a team where his first game is against Calgary. Then hopefully he will be placed on waivers, no body takes him and he goes to play in Russia and mouths off to some Russian mobster or Ray Emery grabs him by his skinny little neck and squeezes until his iddy biddy eye balls pop out of his empty head.

Sean Avery - you are an insult to the word "professional".
Mike, 2008-12-04 09:03:27

Regina, in my world it always takes two to tango.
Gary O., 2008-12-04 08:49:21

Being controversial implies an appreciation and an understanding of the way things are typically done, ;and for most, approached as though it is the way things should be done, while consciously choosing to take responsibility for going against the grain. It is knowing full well that what we choose to do is not popular but that we stand behind it while respecting that the likely result will be condemnation. All the while, being controversial, respectfully is key. Knowing when and where it is appropriate or at least recognizing when it is inappropriate enough to put on the brakes. Sean Avery shows no respect thus deserves none. Just a punk. All told it is a social indictment of professional sports where losers like him are encouraged while earning more money and fame than the majority of hard working, respectful and honest prospects. Potential players that don't get a chance in the NHL because they have borderline talent but choose not to be a goon/instigator. We do not encourage our sports or society to aspire and strive for excellence. We fully and aggressively support sending a pest after the elite to knock them off their game; and if the players impact on the game is not diminished by being pestered then we send in the goons who justify ending players' careers as an unfortunate accident that is just part of the sport. At least the Russian style was an attempt to advance the skills of players to the highest possible level while Canada's greatest hockey pride is the defeat of the Russians in 1972. Bobby Clarke and others didn't raise their game to the Russian level of skill, they brought down the impact of skills with cheap shots and dirty play. Before you go getting all righteous in defense of the merit of such an approach imagine having someone always around to bring you down in every aspect of your. and your family's life. At work, just when you are about to get that raise or promotion, bam someone comes in to disrupt the process... oh, so close. Just when your kid is about to achieve their greatest accomplishment someone breaks their leg... oh, so close. You wouldn't be too eager to support the goons/pests then I'm sure.
ted, 2008-12-04 06:43:56

We are all focusing on the guy who made this comment and forget that again there is a female who sleeps her way through the ranks of hockey players, which must have a great impact on the players. What do you expect from people that are so close to each other. I am sure that this is not the only comment that is flying around. It was the wrong thing to say in public, but it was bang on. Watch out Dion you have a gold digging hoe on your hands. Suspend her from the ranks of hockey. Before its known to be "(Debbie) does Dallas"!
Regina, 2008-12-04 04:11:08

Anybody who ever played this game,knows that trash talk in the heat of the battle is part of the "experience" but never off the ice. We always said leave it on the ice. Regardless of what punishment Sean Avery receives from the league, just wait until he starts playing again!! There is not one guy in the NHL that won't take great pride in hitting this guy just a little harder than most! The guy is glassless and should be at best working at a car wash.
Ken, 2008-12-03 23:02:53

Not all PR is necessarily good PR. Avery may have good intentions, trying to shake things up. Taking personal shots at other people is not the way to do it.


rk, 2008-12-03 22:28:49

Hard to believe Avery is sorry for his remarks when it took him almost two days to apologize......just in time for his meeting with Bettman. He should be apologizing to the woman involved.
Deb, 2008-12-03 22:14:18

Looks like Nick & Bruce got it loud and clear! Hopefully
Rm, 2008-12-03 14:37:06

South of the border, this story is receiving more press than when Detroit won the Stanley Cup. NBA had Dennis Rodman, NHL can use a Sean Avery to create the water cooler talk . Nothing wrong with a bit of contraversy, it doesn't hurt the sport, teams or NHL in any way, it just makes Sean look like a douche. A suspension for this is just as absurd as the NFL handing out fines to players for excessive showboating after a touchdown.
Keith Ruby, 2008-12-03 14:19:59

He is just doing it for the attention. It makes up for his lack of skill. The more people feed into it, the morw he will do it. The Stars will dump him, and some other team will pick him up. Jerks always get rewarded.
steve, 2008-12-03 14:11:36

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