I told you guys I'd post it when I found it, so here's the full Sean Avery "Off the Record" interview...
H/T to reader Curt Curt.
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“@TheNYRBlog: here's the full Sean Avery "Off the Record" interview: http://t.co/qrMLVbyA” Let Avery be Avery. I miss the guy for the fun.
Useless questions. Here you've got an opportunity to interview the biggest trash talker in the NHL and there's no substance to the interview. You're not going to get an apology from this guy so stop trying. Engage him on his level c'mon.
Here's just a question or 2 I would have liked to hear.
Sean, - you wake up every morning now knowing you'll never be on that stage again playing infront of the crowds so, how much do you miss playing in the NHL?
If you could play again in the NHL where would you play and why?
The media portrayed you as the most reviled player in the NHL for the things you said on and off the ice; what player was the easiest to get off his game? who do you think hated you the most and why?
What's your opinion of how the Lock out was handled .... and Gary Bettman?
Is Sidney Crosby really a whiny little bitch?
and the list goes on....
This is the worst interview I've ever seen. First, why in the blue hell was the drummer from Our Lady Peace ever there? As a moderator? Secondly, the questions were downright dumb and were as thoughtless as peeing on a gasoline fire.
I would have gotten more insight to Sean Avery from sitting in his restaurant's kitchen a listen to the staff blabber about him.
Awful job TSN. Awful.
We really can't bring him back dude? Love Avery he was the man.
Just kidding I understand there is no place on the team for him, but he was the man
At what point do we start asking whether Torts' system is stifling Rangers' talent because it suppresses individuality? Avery was a sparkplug, and Torts drove him out. Nash has arrived, and suddenly he doesn't score and the PP still sucks. Ever notice too how guys like JT Miller and Kreider come up and impress immediately, but the longer they get sucked into Torts' system they start to become invisible? Hagelin used to be a spark plug -- he's invisible now. I truly wonder if it is because he puts so much mental energy into playing how Torts wants him too that he forgets to do the things he's good at. Just a thought. But the Rangers' inability to score can no longer be blamed on a lack of talent. The only constant seems to be Torts. Food for thought.
@Kevin_H I guess we'll have to see. This shortened season should be a good indicator.
Kevin_H i think nailed it perfectly, really a great comment and its a great theory. Kevin you should post his comment so everyone can read it. I for one agree, lets put it this way in the last 6 years why havent the Rangers produced a superstar from their own farm? How come when known superstars come to this team they either get worse or never improve?? I dont think Kreider is a good example cause he was doing awful with the Whale, unless they preach torts' system down there too
@Kevin_H Definitely an interesting theory, with enough fact to make it legit. You can add Stepan to the list of guys who started hot and have plateaued.
I gotta say, as someone who was a big fan of Sean Avery and always wanted NYR to dress him and play him, watching this interview, it may have actually changed my mind. The guy comes off as a huge arrogant douche, and i think we all knew thats how he was, but plenty of arrogant docuhes still know how to be good teammates. The comments he made about not wanting to conform and pushing other peoples buttons, teammates included, you could really see how, not to be cliche, he played for the name on the back of his sweater. It reinforces for me the rumors that he didn't get along with a kid like Del Zotto; rewatching the Brodeur/Avery Rule Clip you could see that a good leader like Chris Drury was probably tired of his antics. He really seems like the kind of guy who could, and would probably want to, create a divide in the locker room, not for any purpose, but just because thats who he was. Bottom line,we all knew a guy of his style could waer out his welcome, but this interview shows to me that he was probably really good at wearing out his welcome faster than anyone else could.
You can definitely see why Tortorella wouldn't put up with his "style", and I actually give Torts more credit now for atleast trying to use Avery. Based on his personality in this interview, you can tell he would never tone it down for the good of the team.
And finally, just the style of the interview, I thought it was odd that he had to bring his buddy on to the show so he wouldnt be outnumbered, and I thought it was kind of cowardly the way he avoided the questions about Dustin Brown because he didn't like the way the question was phrased.
@johnnyb3910 -- after reading your comments, I wondered if I was going to feel differently, but I don't. He was always an arrogant a-hole, he doesn't look more so to me in this interview.
He couldn't play well if he wasn't allowed to play his way and Torts couldn't allow him to play his way, and so he faded. It was fun while it lasted.
@AG_Blue I hear ya, I think I just always gave him the benefit of the doubt that Tortorella wasn't giving him a fair shake, and that Tortorella was the more arrogant of the two arrogant a-holes. Hockey players always tend to have the reputation of being down to earth, team-first guys. So i always assumed it was Avery who was trying to bend and adjust, but really you can tell from this that he didn't. Torts caved to the fans, or to Sather or Dolan and let the guy dress, but if you put yourself ahead of the team, you don't deserve to play.
I thought it was interesting that he claimed he always said the thigns he said to "give himself or his team an advantage", but it doens't sound like he'd ever dial it down to give his team an advantage. He deserves to be where he is: somewhere other than an NHL locker room. I'm just glad he didn't try to paint himself as a victim.
@johnnyb3910 The buddy thing was definitely odd.
@johnnyb3910 We did a Spreecast with Rangers website beat writer Jim Cerny a few weeks ago and I asked him if Asham could fill the role of Avery and his answer was that the biggest difference between Asham and Avery would be in the locker room because Avery was such a cancer.
@TheNYRBlog just watched it. A shame to see people destroy him in comments. They just dont understand Sean like we do! Haha
@mattsteeleNJ I don't get the hatred from Rangers fans. The guy literally saved three seasons and gets no recognition for it.
@TheNYRBlog @mattsteelenj I think at this point people are sick of hearing fans say the play should bring him back.
@TheNYRBlog @MattCalamia Just dont think we will ever see a player torment a goalie like Avery again. But god do I hope we do
@TheNYRBlog @MattCalamia Id love that. However I think he's one of a kind. Had skill, didnt need to talk trash, but he did. And did it well.
@MattCalamia @mattsteeleNJ I'm as big an Avery fan as you can find, but I'm not looking for him to come back. Maybe find a younger version?
@MattCalamia @TheNYRBlog However I am a realist and realize that that would never happen. Rather see young guys get playing time.
@MattCalamia @TheNYRBlog Is it wrong I kinda hoped they would after that slow start? Normally not like me to think panic moves. haha
Despite his obvious immaturity, the Rangers need an Avery character on their team. Energy, grit and some goals to boot.
@KevinDeLury Miller is on track to be an elite top six player and cannot afford to behave like an Avery. Hopefully, he will be a Cally/Nash hybrid...grit grind and goals. We do need to fill the bottom six void of The Grate One
@KevinDeLury No doubt...but its the emotional detonator we need, the verbal jabbing, chirping bad ass
@DieHardBlue You said you wanted someone with energy, grit and goals. That's pretty much what Miller has brought up until this point.