NEW YORK - JANUARY 17: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers fights Josh Gorges #26 of the Montreal Canadiens during their game on January 17, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
During his time on Broadway, there was certainly no love lost between fan favorite Sean Avery and John Tortorella. It was tumultuous at best and didn't end well. When news broke Wednesday that Torts had been dismissed as Rangers' head coach, there may have not been a happier guy than Avery.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post caught up with Avery to get his thoughts on the surprising move:
“Oh, I had a huge smile on my face, no question about it,” Avery told The Post yesterday. “It’s not that I’m happy for myself. I’m happy for the Rangers and Ranger fans.
“When I was a Ranger, no one was happier to walk into the Garden every day than me. I loved the team. I still do. I want the atmosphere to be the best it can be for the players. I want everyone in New York to be proud of the team. That’s why I felt the way I did [on Wednesday] and that’s why I sent that tweet.”
Here's the tweet Avery was referring to:
Fire this CLOWN, his players hate him and wont play for his BS.... @imseanavery is #winning
— Sean Avery (@imseanavery) March 31, 2013
Avery claims to hold no bitterness towards Tortorella. In fact, Avery believes the mercurial coach is responsible for the new career path he's on.
“I said the day I came back to the Rangers that Tortorella was going to be the best thing for me in my career. Well, he was the worst thing ever that could have happened to my hockey career but the best thing that ever happened to my life.”
- Avery's words at the time were strong and out of left field. A lot felt he was saying what the players couldn't say. Others felt it was just Avery mouthing off, trying to stir up controversy. Who would've thought two months later that Avery spoke the unfiltered truth.
- You wonder if the cracks in the locker room started early last season with how Avery was unceremoniously jettisoned off the team. Torts never allowed Avery to be Avery and it's no secret top players like Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards are close friends with the agitator.
- Very interesting locker room dynamics. Very interesting.
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