New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather has stated that recently waived winger Sean Avery could return to the team in a potential call-up if he goes to the AHL, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
“Of course we could recall him if he’s in Hartford and earns that,” Sather said as the Rangers skated on an NHL-sized rink for the first time in nine days. “You never know; somebody could play his way off this team.
Sather also said he disagreed with the notion that Avery was not given a fair shot at making this years club.
“I thought Sean would come to camp and light it up, but that didn’t happen,” said Sather, who alerted teams to Avery’s availability within the last week. “I don’t think he had a bad camp, but other guys had better camps, and with that the case, we have to evolve as a team.
Sather went on to say:
“Personally, I like Sean. I like a lot of things about him. He thinks outside the box. From a management perspective, I’d like to see him in the league because he’s colorful and adds excitement.
Of course Sather likes Avery, he gives the team a ton of publicity, hard for an NHL team to get from the main media throughout the hockey season. But in the end it comes down to who is a better fit for this team and who will help them win. Unfortunately for Sean Avery, he is not that player.
… Yeah, this should piss all of the Sean Avery fans off yet again.
Think what you want, say what you want, but the general manager of the Rangers said Avery was given a fair shot to make this team. Tortorella stated he knew what he had in Avery and that’s why he was not in the last two preseason games in order for Torts to get a look at the inconsistent Erik Christensen for the 13th forward spot. But in all reality, it’s a spot that will be a healthy scratch almost every game.
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