Avery is now telling Larry Brooks at the New York Post that he is retiring that that he will embark on his post-hockey career next month with an advertising agency...
"No, that wasn't a joke; yes I'm retiring at the end of the season, and it's OK.
"I guess that was my retirement press conference."
...now Avery is just messing with us. Or his agent.
Updated, 12:41 p.m.:
Katie Strang at ESPN NY reports that Avery's agent Pat Morris says his client's comments last night on retirement were "not serious."
Updated, 11:52 a.m.:
Here's video of Avery stating he's retired (4:15 mark) (h/t Dave Lozo)...
NHL.com reports that Sean Avery said Monday night during an After Show segment of Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live that he was leaving the game.
When asked about his hockey future, Avery said...
"I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the Hudson."
...with the way Avery's season ended I'm not surprised to hear this. Having said that, I think his love for the game is too strong and after having some time to reflect, he'll end up in an NHL camp come September.
...and if not, he's got some restaurants to manage and a fashion career to begin.
Translation to updates: Avery didn't tell his agent, who doesn't get paid if Avery retires, and who never had a chance to talk him out of it.
Avery officially messing with us as he now tells Larry Brooks he is retiring and joining an advertising agency.
well, so much for that last bit.
New York Rangers
Greatest strength: Their forwards and defencemen are known for fearlessly hurling their bodies in front of any shots directed at Henrik Lundqvist, although opponents admit it's kind of creepy how they always do it while yelling "Protect his beautiful face!"
Potential weakness: While players getting hurt is a fact of life and should be expected during the stretch drive and playoffs, it's got to be nerve-wracking knowing you're only 15 or 16 injured forwards away from Sean Avery getting called up.
@terriect http://t.co/fSeNaOdp reported it. I just passed it along. And yes hits were big today, just like every other day.
Torts never liked Avery(which is putting it mildly). I think Torts saw too much of himself in Avery & it was easier to get rid of Avery, then look in the mirror.
Wahhhhhh! The big bad Rangers paid me $2 million and didn't treat me nice so I'm taking my puck and going home. What a baby. Too bad he couldn't differentiate between being a pest on the ice and being one off the ice. Grow the eff up.
Funniest thing is he retired 2 years ago, you guys just didn't notice that he wasn't the same old Avery.
How do you guys know he got a raw deal? He acted like a bitch when he got sent down. Perhaps he told Sather he wanted to collect his cash and stay in NY to work in fashion for all we know. Tough to be on Bravo!'s "Watch what happens live" when you are in Phoenix or Columbus.
Reality is he sucked this year and last. Kid had no heart left, and that's all he really had to start with.......
@BeukeboomsTemper Disagree that he sucked this year. If you remember the Rangers were floundering to start the season and his recall jump started the team. He was a consistent energy guy and didn't take a single bad penalty this season.
@TheNYRBlog saw this ad downtown and found it hilarious http://t.co/2WyElbPj
Sigh. Really sucks how things ended for him, though I kinda had a feeling his career was over when he got sent down the second time this season. I'll be surprised if he ends up with another team next year, he's got plenty of irons in the fire elsewhere so dunno why he'd want to force his way back in where he's clearly not wanted.
Will never understand why he got thrown under the bus when so many other players in the league behave even worse, both on and off the ice. Total double-standard.
@TheNYRBlog If you can endure it, here he is... http://t.co/n6jUuXbN