After Avery attempted to reignite an endless feud with Rangers bench boss John Tortorella on the weekend, Callahan stuck up for his coach, dispelling Avery’s Twitter cheapshot.
“Sean Avery’s comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions,” a statement issued by Callahan said, according to the Bergen Record. “(Avery) did not speak for us as a team when he was here and certainly does not now.”
Avery made it clear following the Rangers 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night what he thinks of his former head coach, submitting a tweet that can only be read one way.
“Fire this CLOWN, his players hate him and wont play for his BS.... @imseanavery is #winning,” Avery, 32, wrote, undoubtedly referring to Tortorella, who he has a bit of history with.
Known for his fiery post-game press conferences and haste with media, Tortorella started what would become a war of words when he weighed in following Avery’s not-so-flattering comments about a certain Maple Leaf captain’s girlfriend in 2008.
“He’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed the organization,” Tortorella, a TSN analyst at the time, said of Avery at the time. “More importantly, he’s embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. It’s the NHL, he’s embarrassed the whole league. Send him home.”
After being named head coach of the Rangers in 2009, Tortorella inexplicably claimed Avery off waivers a few weeks after his hiring, a relationship that would end with Torts repeatedly putting the NHL's pest on waivers and sending him to the club’s AHL affiliate before severing ties.
"We have better players than Sean Avery, plain and simple,” Tortorella said at the time.
It’s anyone’s best guess whether Tortorella will get the last word – again.
Until then, the Rangers will fight to hold onto the final playoff in the NHL's Eastern Conference with a month remaining in the regular season.