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Bleeding All Blue:
For those who credit the recall of Sean Avery to the New York
Rangers with the team turning around their slow start this season to be 17-6-4
through 27 games there should be cause for concern that Avery might be sent
away again. Coach John Tortorella
scratched Avery for last night’s game, replacing him with Erik Christensen, but
more than the scratch itself, the
reasoning should concern Avery supporters.
“I don’t think Sean’s been dead on. Having said that,
he hasn’t had a bunch of ice time. I’m just having problems finding ice for
him. I have other guys filling the areas and doing the things that I need done
and I’m a little concerned about shootouts. We’ve struggled a little bit there
so I’m going to put Erik in and see where we go from it.
Sean played some good games for us when he came up. I
think it’s leveled off but I’m trying to be fair to him also with you guys. I
haven’t put him on the ice, it’s awfully difficult to play that way. But I have
other players doing the things I need done in situations that Sean is just not
getting involved in.”
The key aspect that Avery has brought to the Rangers
has been his energy, some pest play and the occasional scrap, but if Tortorella
is finding those pieces from other players right now and Mike Rupp is also on
the mend you have to wonder how long Avery will remain. Fear over shootouts is what has saved Erik
Christensen before and appears to giving him yet another opportunity to play in
case the Rangers have to use the skill competition to get an additional
For the most part Avery has been effective, even in
limited ice time, this season, but the stage appears to be set for him to be
removed when Mike Rupp returns and can add his own level of grit and fighting
to the lineup.
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There is nothing like a good old Sean Avery debate to get New York Rangers fans going.
As we know, Sean is currently the odd-man out of the lineup as of Sunday night, when he was deemed a healthy scratch so that Erik Christensen could re-enter the lineup against the Florida Panthers. Prior to that game, Avery was receiving less than four minutes of ice time from head coach John...
As part of New York Magazine's "Reasons to Love New York 2011", Will Leitch points to Sean Avery moonlighting as a fashion maven and gay-rights activist the 13th biggest reason..."It's more than a little ironic, then, that the most despised person in a sport full of despicable people has, amazingly, become one of the most progressive athletes in all of professional...
… uh oh, Torts just pissed off the Pro Avery Lifers. I do not like Christensen and rather have anyone else in this lineup than him. Poor move by Torts.
As per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are going with the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and have decided to go with the same lineup tonight as they did against Florida. This means that Henrik Lundqvist will get the start. This also means that Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight, and Erik Christensen will dress in his place. It is unlikely that Christensen...
Update, 6:15 p.m.:Full Torts quote on sitting Avery (via Rangers Rants)..."I don't think Sean's been dead on. Having said that, he hasn't had a bunch of ice time. I'm just having problems finding ice for him. I have other guys filling the areas and doing the things that I need done and I'm a little concerned about shootouts. We've struggled a little bit...
We wonder if we’ll see any follow-up to this Twitter exchange. New York Rangers forward Sean Avery - who goes by the handle @imseanavery on the social networking site - is a pest for NHL opponents and now, it seems for 19-year old bombshell models.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Sean Avery, who goes by the handle @imseanavery on Twitter, recently pestered 19-year old bombshell model Kate Upton on the social media site after she attended the Rangers game against the Penguins on Nov. 29... @KateUpton since u couldn't stop looking @HLundqvist30 last night now u can follow him.......#sorryhesmarriedTo which she...
The effective difference is that Sean Avery was scratched for last night's entire Rangers-Panthers match at the Garden instead of just for the third period, as he had been by coach John Tortorella for most of the previous six games.
Avery had averaged just 5:44 overall over his...
Updated, 11:18 a.m.:The Rangers have announced that Michael Sauer (concussion) will not accompany the Blueshirts on their up-coming trip to St. Louis and Phoenix....ugh.Torts also hasn't ruled out Rupp being able to play in those games.Finally, Andrew Gross says that Staal's skate this morning was the first time he's been on the ice with a full Rangers squad since the...
It seems like there are some common misconceptions with regards to how Torts distributes ice time among his forwards. I figured I would cherry-pick a few of our reader’s comments and explain some of the logic behind how ice time is earned on this team.
Keep in mind I am not trying to call people out for their opinions; I am just using these quotes as a point of reference.
Very nice way to end a two-game losing streak and a very complete win over the Baby Buffaloes for No. 2,500 in franchise history, for No. 4 in a row on the road, No. 13 in the last 17 games overall.
Right back at it tonight against the Cats (7:30 starter).
1) The Rangers were really in control of the first 10 minutes of the game and I thought they did Jhonas Enroth...
No pre-gamer with John Tortorella because he addressed the unwashed masses after the morning skate today. This is standard procedure. It’s always one or the other.
So no new news, really. Same lineup tonight, which means Sean Avery is prucha’d (unleash the blog traffic) while Erik Christensen gets a sweater again.
And since some of youse brought...
John Tortorella spoke at his pre-game presser about subbing Erik Christensen for Sean Avery tonight, about how hard it is to get something out of guys playing five minutes a game, about the importance of getting Brandon Dubinsky going, and about having the HBO cameras and microphones in the lockerrooms.
The Rangers must feel nervous that they aren't going to wind up making good television when they make their HBO debut this week.
As we all know, good drama requires conflict or obstacles to overcome with great difficulty and the Rangers haven't had much of either recently.
They crushed the Panthers 6-1 at the Garden on Sunday night, completing a weekend sweep in grand...
Not going to get all wrapped up in who did what on a lopsided scoresheet, though I’m sure you all enjoyed the heck out of it, and you should have.
Instead, how about numbers?: 17-6-4, second best record in the improving East and fewest regulation losses in the NHL; 8-2-2 at home. Points in 16 of 19. 24-8-3 in second of back-to-backs since 2009-10. 38 points in 27 games, the...