The New York Rangers have one spot left on the roster and the question is will Sean Avery be the final cut to trim the roster down to 23? Avery has been a fixture on Broadway the last five years except for tiny bit of the 2008-2009 season where he was a member of the Dallas Stars.
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:
The Rangers assigned forwards Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Dale Weise to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, along with defensemen Tim Erixon and Blake Parlett. Defenseman Dylan McIlrath will return to juniors with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.
The next step will be to cut down to 24 players by Wednesday, and John Tortorella said in a conference call from Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday that Erik Christensen and Sean Avery are vying for that final spot.
“As far as the forwards are concerned, we’d like to just carry 13,” Tortorella said. “We’re still not sure who that 13th forward is. It’s obviously Erik (Christensen) and Sean (Avery) battling for that spot.”
Have the Rangers had enough of Avery? Has Avery tested the patience of the Rangers front office and coaches? Is Avery no longer useful for the Rangers? That is the series of the questions the Rangers brass must ask themselves. I believe some of his antics including his actions this preseason involving the LAPD might have helped seal the deal on Avery leaving town.
Erik Christensen provides just as much offense as Avery does but he is in the box way less. Over the last two years, Christensen has been in the sin bin for 42 minutes while Avery has racked up 334 PIM.
If Avery is cut it would be interesting to see if he would clear waivers, which I doubt as I am sure some team would think they can benefit from having the agitator on their team. If Avery did clear waivers would he be willing to accept playing in the AHL for the Connecticut Whale?
According to Jim Cerny, the official beat writer for the New York Rangers website, the rosters have to be in Wednesday.