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Sean Avery Is An Idiot

Posted 6:26 PM ET | Comments 31
Sean Avery is an idiot. He has been alienating his teammates since he came into the league. He has made extremely insulting and hurtful comments. He has taken shots at Dion Phanuef, Quebec, Martin Broduer and allegedly Jason Blake in the last two seasons alone. He is a locker room cancer, the type of guy who destroys chemistry by creating conflict and division within a team. No team wants him, not even minor league teams, and they wouldn't take him even if they were paid to put him on the ice. He is the guy that nobody wants, yet the Rangers are reportedly going to pick him up when he hits re-entry waivers on Monday. They are going to pay him 1.9 million dollars every year for the next three years and his biggest impact is going to be being a disruption. And that is just what the Rangers need. This is the best move they could make right now, and that includes firing head coach Tom Renney.

What does this picture show? Besides for Marty Broduer making the sourest sourpuss face in history. It shows everything the Rangers lack. It shows the will, as an individual, to make a difference. It shows complete apathy toward convention, and instead encourages traveling off of the beaten path. And it shows hate for the other team, along with disgust at the notion of such an opponent being triumphant at his expense.

Imagine, for a moment, that all of the current Rangers had Sean Avery's personality. They would all keep the same skill sets they currently have, but the personality becomes 100 percent Sean. Aside from becoming a more dysfunctional group than the Osbournes, the Kardashians, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and the Hogans combined, the Rangers would become a smash-mouth hockey team. You would never complain about boring hockey, and you would never see a drop in intensity during a game, or a season for that matter. There would be enough incidents on and off the ice to fire up an army of Spartans, let alone the 20 men on the roster. Of course, I don't mean to suggest that this would be a good thing, but you can see the positives that would come out of this.

Now introduce one Avery onto the present team (the rest of the players having re-assumed their normal dispositions). Now there is one man to provide the energy and controversy. But there is also the rub-off effect. When Avery gets himself into trouble, the Garden will be rocking. Teammates will come to his aid and no need to say the heart rate in the building will spike significantly. Energy, being the first and foremost attribute needed to win a hockey game, will increase in the aggregate. No doubt some will be turned off by Avery, but let them be. Maybe some internal hate will help some Rangers find their game. It certainly can't hurt.

What most people forget about Avery is his actual concrete contributions. He has scored 15+ goals in each of the last 3 seasons, a number which only five Rangers are on pace to surpass. He seems to score clutch goals and while the Rangers have had their fare share of buzzer beaters this season, you can never have enough of that when you dig yourselves into deep holes so often. 51-23-16 is another example of Avery's contribution as seen on paper. It is how we know that he helps the Rangers win. Because when the record is so good with him, and so average without him, we know that something is doing.

Yes, this is a risk. Sean Avery is an idiot and idiots are unpredictable. But despite Scott Gomez's objections, the Rangers have hit rock bottom, and worse comes to worst, the Rangers will be the next team to throw Avery off the bus. But it is well worth it to give him a shot. Now he is coming back home to the only team and the only city that he has fit with throughout his career. And all he has to say to the rest of the world is:
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February 8, 2009 6:35 PM ET | Delete
that was an awesome ending
February 8, 2009 7:01 PM ET | Delete
hahaha very interesting read, nice
February 8, 2009 7:24 PM ET | Delete
...and exactly who on the Rangers would be "coming to his aid"? ROFLMAO! You're being delusional to say that he fit in with the Rangers last time around. Far from it -- he was the cancer that held back that team; regardless of the stats. It would surprise me if it were any different now.
February 8, 2009 7:28 PM ET | Delete
"he was the cancer that held back that team; regardless of the stats" i would think that the stats prove he did not hold back the team. maybe he didnt fit in with them, but he fit well enough to help the team, and these players arent babies, if he can help them win, they will tolerate him.
February 8, 2009 7:30 PM ET | Delete
So, are you for or against Avery's return?
February 8, 2009 7:37 PM ET | Delete
for. the title was bait for the haters to read it. i thought i made it clear as the article went on: "And that is just what the Rangers need. This is the best move they could make right now, and that includes firing head coach Tom Renney"
February 8, 2009 8:04 PM ET | Delete
Where else can a creep like Avery play in the NHL AND work at a high fashion magazine (Vogue), but in Manhattan? That RAG is yours. Enough
February 8, 2009 8:10 PM ET | Delete
Yeah disruption is always good right in the middle of a playoff race...worst case scenario I guess they could miss the playoffs, fire their coach and GM and rebuild from scratch next season.
February 8, 2009 8:15 PM ET | Delete
^ This coming from a Pitt fan. Maybe you can trade a 1st round draft pick Kennedy Letang and Goligoski for Lecavlier this year
February 8, 2009 8:16 PM ET | Delete
"He has taken shots at Dion Phanuef, Quebec, Martin Broduer and allegedly Jason Blake in the last two seasons alone."Dont forget about Jarome Iginla.
February 8, 2009 8:21 PM ET | Delete
Bring Sean back, I miss the circus!
February 8, 2009 8:31 PM ET | Delete
this is just a proof, if you have him you love him. if you dont, you hate him. and btw, the rangers are already headed for missing the playoffs
February 8, 2009 8:54 PM ET | Delete
I hope he ends up watching hockey on TV. This is the guy that has to be "blacklisted" and teach the young players to "not be an Avery" if you want to play in the NHL!
February 8, 2009 9:00 PM ET | Delete
The only thing that bothers me about Sean coming back is the fact that since he went to Dallas, he made a couple negative remarks towards Vally; and who knows what he was saying to Dubinsky, Lundqvist and whoever else their last meeting... I know he's just doing his normal smack talk but is it possible that he soured any positive relations he had with the current Rangers and what effect is that going to have on the locker room should he return?
February 8, 2009 9:04 PM ET | Delete
Very nice read and best of luck with him! I was more than willing to give him a chance in Big-D ... but not only did he NOT contribute ANYTHING on the ice, he was a piece of garbage in the locker room. Never do you hear players throw their teammates immediately under the bus like the Stars did with Avery. Athletes are near and dear to CRIMINAL acts and still their teammates go to bat for them, at least at first. People like to talk about the Rangers record with and without Avery ... and I'll grant you its night and day. But how about the Stars records? With him in the lineup (Oct/Nov) Dallas was 8-11-4, and with him out (Dec until now) they are 18-8-3. Furthermore, their record in November with him is the exact opposite of December without him. I'm not trying to place all the blame on Sean because that simply isn't the truth. BUT . . . I say don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!!! Good bye and good riddance!
February 8, 2009 9:23 PM ET | Delete
Sorry Rags, but I have to disagree. Dallas had him and hated him, LA had him and hated him. He is a cancer to the team.Gomez, Drury, Redden are all Sathers bad decisions, and unfortunately you have to live with them. Avery will just make it worse. Best move you guys can make is fire Sather and Renney and see what Messier can do.
February 8, 2009 9:29 PM ET | Delete
goleafsgo93 we cant really do anything about sather renney and all the bs contracts. we are stuck with them. but shouldnt we try to make something work, or just sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. i say this is a step in a different direction, which may or may not be good but, as i said, not so much to lose at this point
February 8, 2009 9:36 PM ET | Delete
Avery is a step in the wrong direction though... If you want to shake things up and bring some accountability to the dressing room, try and grab Roberts from Tampa.
February 8, 2009 9:42 PM ET | Delete
I understand. The question is, what will it take to get him? And I disagree that Avery will definitely be a step in the wrong direction. People said that when he came over from LA, but he helped a lot. So it remains to be seen.
February 8, 2009 10:57 PM ET | Delete
51-23-16 That is all I have to say. Someone makes that kind of impact he can come back here in a heartbeat. Sean can only survive and be affective in one place and that is New York City. This is the one place that he loves and he never wanted to leave. Sather low balled him and brett hull gave him a great contract that nobody could really turn down.
February 9, 2009 1:14 PM ET | Delete
avery is gonna need a diaper for all the verbal diarea in the locker room an smack talk he is gonna lay down to all his team mates
February 9, 2009 3:27 PM ET | Delete
As much as agree with some of what you have said. A player such as Sean Avery belongs in the minors - remember the movie Slap Shot. Well, maybe you are too young.As a Sabre fan, I once thought he could be a good addition to a team that in the past has lacked real toughness; however, the more I dwell on the situation I realize that he is just too outre for the NHL.Guys like him, Mathew Baranby and Ti Domi eventually hurt their team more than help it.
February 9, 2009 6:52 PM ET | Delete
I think the Blake thing was actually a made up story. Even Blake came out and said this wasn't true. Sean Avery is alot of things but I don't think he would sink so low to make a comment about a disease that could kill.
February 9, 2009 8:28 PM ET | Delete
If avery is the only thing that can help the rangers right now they are in for a pitfall
February 9, 2009 9:03 PM ET | Delete
nyr21135, that is exactly why I said allegedly Jason Blake. But there is also a possibility that Avery would sue for defamation so they might not want to have gotten involved, or Blake may just be taking the high road...so you dont realy know for sure. only 2 guys know for sure.
February 10, 2009 12:36 PM ET | Delete
No, Avery is a genius. He runs his mouth, plays in the NHL, and gets paid millions. MUST BE NICE. He's not a cheap shotter like Pronger or Neil. He runs his mouth. He's harmless.
February 10, 2009 9:38 PM ET | Delete
Turns out putting Avery's name on a blog title gets an automatic 25 comment response.
February 10, 2009 10:36 PM ET | Delete
Ragsy how do you think Devil blogs get so many posts? Woo's titles are ignorant but they cause controversy.
February 11, 2009 11:17 PM ET | Delete
I guess you are right. I need to find hot topics to keep the comments up.
February 12, 2009 11:13 AM ET | Delete
Interesting read. Provoking.
February 12, 2009 2:27 PM ET | Delete
The titled deceived me. In the pit of my stomach though, I sense Avery's return will do one of two things. He will either boost the Ranger's record and have them propel through the standings, or his addition will be indifferent, and the Rags will end up finishing somewhere between 7th and 10th in the standings. I think Avery back in NYR is better for the overall NHL market though. Brings more attention to the sport.
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