Sean Avery joins TSN's Michael Landsberg on Off The Record today at 5pm. Here's a little preview...
Here's easily Avery's best line of the interview...
"Over the 12 years that I played I said some of the worst things that you could ever possibly imagine. And every time I did it because I thought that it was going to give me or my team an advantage. You can pull hundreds of examples of things that I said over my career, but the bottom line is I was extremely good at it."
For more intormation on the interview, click here.
...Avery is easily responsible for coming to the rescue of three Rangers seasons during his career. Wonder if he has one more left in him.
...in all seriousness, Avery is a polarizing figure for Rangers fans, but there's no denying his positive impact on the team over the years. He changed the culture of the Rangers with one simple shove of Brodeur. And Rangers fans everywhere should be appreciative of what he did for this franchise.
...if the rest of the interview is half as good as the above preview, we're in for a treat.
...i'll be sure to post entire interview when available.
Couldn't agree more with you about Avery, Kevin. This guy gave the Rangers' season success time and time again. He is dearly missed.
The Grate One strikes again. Yes we need a pest of his caliber on our club. Someone willing to get under the skin and in the head of our opponents. Willing to drop the gloves and draw a penalty every shift.
The NYR were the last stop for Avery. He retired - he's not coming back. It was fun while it lasted but no other team is going to call on his services and neither is this club.
We dished Colton Orr then Prust and no one fears Bickel or Asham or even Rupp for that matter before we traded him. No one feared Avery either but he could certainly change the course of a game and if nothing else get MSG rocking.
Let's just hope we come out of the gate with a purpose tonight. I'm getting sick of this wishy-washy play and inconsistency. We look hung over 1/2 the time.
Start Marty tonight and let the starting line be Miller Kreider and Richards!
LET'S GO RANGERS!! !!!
"...easily responsible for coming to the rescue of three Rangers seasons during his career." - did his agent hack the blog? And can we let this season progress a little before we deem it necessary of "rescue?" I loved Avery, but he filled a need on teams that were not quite on the tier that this team reached last season - regardless of all the "chicken littles" out there screaming for Torts' head, he is not the answer...let the Kings or the Red Wings have him - are they in any better shape than the NYR? I know you were not completely serious about an Avery reprise, so I'll give you that, but I think we need to let the team play and ride it out. In a short season, at some point you stop looking at the dealer for new cards and push all your chips to the middle of the table and see what you're made of - I have confidence that this team will be in the mix come April, May, and June.
I loved Avery on our team. No one is claiming he was the most skilled of players, however it was amazing to be able to actually see opponents keep one eye on Avery and the other on the puck/play while he was on the ice. You could see their game suffer just because they were wondering what he was capable of or going to do next. He was a huge distraction to a lot of elite players. We need that again...immediately.
There is no doubting that the Rangers played better against the devils when Avery was on the ice getting into marty's head. If we face the devils in the playoffs again I will be wishing that Avery was on the team again.
The guy was so great they created a new rule named after him! Wish he was still playing on this team.
Thank you in advance for posting. Oh why can't I get TSN???
I miss Avery. Is he a jerk? Probably. Would he be fun as hell to have a beer with? Undoubtedly. He was good on the Rangers, even if he was less successful elsewhere. And I loved that he was unscripted. Aside from all of the other things I can't stand about Crosby is that he's been media coached within an inch of his life. If you gave me the questions a reporter was going to ask him, I bet I could give his responses. I know all athletes traffic in cliches, but Crosby is almost robotic about it. Who wants to watch that? Hockey is sorely lacking in personality these days. I'm not looking for Hextallian psychosis, but some unpredictability and FUN would be nice.
@johnnyb3910 its on TSN, broken into 4 parts, here are the links:
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/2/0/860319/clip/400 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/3/0/860321/clip/402 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/3/0/860325/clip/402 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
http://video.tsn.ca/videohub.aspx?dl=main/latest/3/0/860330/clip/402 #TSN via @TSN_Sports
@Iron Mike -- seriously, man ... what Did happen? Seems like most Rangers fans agree he could still be effective. And despite all his antics, he was actually a great skater, one of the fastest ... also one of the leaders in Torts's grueling training camp laps. Seems to me Torts didn't see Avery fit the culture and concept of the team. Avery needed to be free to do his thing and Torts couldn't grant him that.
@smoothyv The Rangers record before and after they brought Avery in or back is all the proof I need for his impact on the success of the team. But as you state, I am not looking for him to make another return on his white horse,
@kj_rangers He would have been a difference maker last year for sure. Would have used him in Ott and Wash series as well.
@KevinDeLury I really don't understand what torts didn't like about him. Yes, he took some really dumb penalties but it was almost always in the course of trying to gain momentum. He was the best conditioned guy on the ice every shift and he skated fast and hard and threw a check every time he went up the ice. He laid down to block shots (prob would have gotten better at this just like the rest of the team has over the past 2 years) and got into the heads of the opponents' GOALIE! Can you think of any player who was not a sniper that had a psychological impact on the opposing goalie!? Thats invaluable yet for some reason, avery is persona non grata in the nhl.