Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 12/30/11

The New York Rangers have placed forward Sean Avery on waivers this afternoon, per TSN. In 15 games played this season, the 31-year-old winger has recorded three goals along with 21 penalty minutes. Avery began the season in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale, before being recalled by the Rangers for a match-up with the Montreal Canadiens on November 5.

As expected, Avery played few minutes to begin, but slowly earned more and more ice time in each passing game. He ultimately found himself with chances of playing alongside buddy Brad Richards on the second line at times during November, but as the story always goes, his minutes, along with his role on the team, slowly diminished until he eventually became a healthy scratch on a nightly basis.

For back-to-back years now, we've seen the same pattern repeated time and time again. It's to the point where it's getting ridiculous and becoming a distraction more than anything. I like Avery the player as well as Avery the person, but it is time he is put out of his misery and moved out of the Rangers organization.

Let's face it, he is never going to get the fair shot he deserves with head coach John Tortorella behind the bench, and there will always be players in the lineup ahead of Sean, even though they shouldn't be. Nothing is changing.

I really hope Sean is claimed on waivers.

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