Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 12/13/11

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 Tortorella every night, and we quickly saw his role on the team, which was growing at one point, diminish back to nothing. 

Once again, despite Avery having an early impact on the club upon being recalled over a month ago, he was eventually demoted until the coach scratched him. This should sound familiar because it is the same series of events that has gone on since Tortorella took over as coach in 2009. There's always been a battle of egos between those two, and obviously the coach is always going to win since he has the final say over the player.

Personally, I'm sick of seeing it at this point. It's become nothing but an unnecessary side-show that everyone always gets caught up in and it's just not healthy for the hockey club. I love Avery to death and I think he is a very impactful player when given the opportunity, but unfortunately that opportunity will never come as a New York Ranger with Tortorella behind the bench. 

There's going to be people that argue me on this point, and that is absolutely fine. In fact, I respect that. But no one can make the case that Avery didn't have a positive impact on the team after being recalled, until the coach started to significantly decrease his minutes. I think this time around, more than ever, it was the most obvious what was going on. Many people saw the healthy scratch coming before the coach even announced it - that's how blatant the situation was. 

I think it's about time that Sean Avery is put out of his misery and his saga with John Tortorella is put to an end. The fans want Avery to win this battle, but we know that the coach is not going to budge, so there's no use in continuing to fight for Sean; it's a hopeless cause. 

Whether he is waived and assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL or sent to another team (who would want him?), Sean Avery needs to leave the Rangers, for his own good and the good of the team. 

And just to be clear, I want Avery on this team and I want him to get a fair chance in New York. But I am also a realist and I know that that's not going to happen.

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