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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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Um, Why am I always hearing about this guy getting into trouble? is the media picking on him or is he really a dunce? I want to stop hearing about him please so either don't write about him or suspend him from the NHL until he can be more professional.
gerry, 2008-12-03 10:27:03

Sean Avery should not be suspended for his comments eventhough they were inapportaite. The reporter asked him a question and that was his response. His comment didn't hurt anyone. Sloopy seconds, come on that a high school comment that should go in one ear and out the other. The NHL is just picking on this guy.
AB, 2008-12-03 10:22:42

Sean Avery needs to grow up. Seriously. This is high-school crap.

The NHL rightfully suspended him because this is not the image they want for their league.

If he said it on the ice, it's just from player to player and no one would have heard anything. Say it in front of media, recorders... after calling them over? He's an idiot for involving North America in his little high-school game.
Paul, 2008-12-03 10:20:50

What was Brett Hull thinking when he signed Avery,probably because Hull has as big a mouth as Avery, Hull wasn't a popular guy on any team he played for, putting Hull in a power position was as big a mistake as signing Avery, Hull just cost the Dallas Stars millions of dollars through a contract buyout as nobody is going to want to sign Avery or have him near their team,hopefully Averys done and Brett Hull gets what's been coming to him for a long time and dismissed from the Stars management.........
Ed, 2008-12-03 10:10:42

Yes, he crossed the line. Yes, he should be suspended. This is one more event in a sad series of events in this player's career, and it's time to end it for good - permanent suspension so that he can do no more damage to an already tarnished sport and league.
aj, 2008-12-03 09:54:46

JG, my thoughts exactly you hit from behind and cripple someone yet you continue playing until they league decides to suspend you. Yet you say something that is actually true your automatically suspended before the game, Hmmmmm. The real farce is Bettman and his cronies.... heres a thought what not replace Harper with Avery since he has extra time on his hand after all Harper and Avery are two of the most egotist and arrogant SOB's I have ever seen and their are both in love with themselves
smallrage, 2008-12-03 09:48:07

When I played sports I never let the chicken crap stuff bother me...but in this politically correct society everything bothers someone and the media feed on it like a bunch of sharks. Possibly if they left it alone by tomorrow both sides would have forgotten the comment
Pappy, 2008-12-03 09:46:52

While I think it should be the Dallas Stars franchise policing this specific matter rather than the NHL, it was still the right thing to do. Saying this thing on the ice as trash talking between players is one thing. Gathering the media to have it broadcasted across North America is another.

Mind you, I would have loved for them to let Avery play against Calgary before the suspension took place, and how none of his Dallas teammates would come to his aid until Phaneuf pounded his big mouth shut.

To all those who criticize the NHL for bowing to feminists, what would you do if this guy said that about your wife/daughter/mother etc.? Thought so.

And that's why the league did it, 1) to save his sorry bleep from getting pummelled, and 2) because this is not pro wrestling, it is a league with expected standards of behaviour, it is a PRIVILEGE to earn millions of dollars by playing in that league, and the NHL has the right to take that privilege away from anyone who crosses the line.
Ben TO, 2008-12-03 09:38:55

Hockey needs the bad guys and rivalries. Avery's antics goes beyond "pest", lots of trash is said on the ice, he didn't need to go find a camera and say the stuff for all to hear. He's a liability and a distraction to any team he plays for. Send him to the iron league with the Hanson's and Reggie Dunlop.
Shawn, 2008-12-03 07:50:05

LOL, you guys have to be joking right. The only professional sport left in the civilized world where if you punch the c*** out of another player, you get to play in the next game.

Fighting and hitting someone over the head with a stick results in a 5 min penalty or maybe a small suspension, but dialouge results in an indefinete suspension???

Come on, time for a reality check, no wonder the fan base of this once great Canadian sport is shifting elsewhere.
Steve, 2008-12-03 07:47:42

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