December 30, 2011
This season of "HBO 24/7" has been a lot of fun. The actors are interesting, the writers have invented a few compelling storylines; but what happened to that "Sean Avery" character?
You know, the one does fashion modeling on his off days? They introduced him in the first episode and then, like, he almost completely disappeared. Why it's like if "Gossip Girl" took Chuck Bass off the series after the pilot!*
From reality television to reality: Avery has been a healthy scratch for the last nine games, and it was just a matter of time before either he or fellow spare part Erik Christensen were dropped to the AHL. Katie Strang of ESPN New York reported on Friday that it's Avery that's been waived, again.
The 31-year-old pest's return to the Rangers was one of the most unexpected twists of the season. After his demotion to the Connecticut Whale on Oct. 4, his future in the NHL was in doubt — Avery himself said he didn't expect to be back in the League this season.
The fans let it known they wanted Avery back with protests in MSG. When Mike Rupp was injured, Avery passed through re-entry waivers for an unexpected reunion with the Rangers and Coach John Tortorella, who said at the time of Avery's demotion that the Rangers simply had "better players" than the veteran winger.
In 15 regular season games, Avery averaged 7 minutes of ice time; in his final two games with the Rangers, he played 4:13 and 3:48 respectively. Tortorella soured on him over time. His necessity as a sparkplug player for the Rangers was diminished by their success on the ice and their overall work ethic. His greatest (only?) champion in the organization appeared to be Glen Sather.
Did he have an impact? Scotty Hockey, an Avery backer, tweets: "NYR 11-7-2 w/ Christensen in lineup this season, 11-3-1 with Avery - 140-92-32 career."
Farewell for now Sean Avery (unless of course you do something clownish in the AHL, in which case we'll meet again). You would have been scratched for the Winter Classic, but hopefully HBO gives you a nice send-off in the finale. Preferably in a scene with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha at Fashion Week.
* I literally have no idea what this means.