Avery's agent speaks to HNIC Radio
Sean Avery's second act on Broadway came to a close on Tuesday as the New York Rangers placed the infamous agitator on waivers following the end of training camp.
The decision itself didn’t come as a surprise to his agent Pat Morris, who spoke with Hockey Night in Canada Radio’s Gord Stellick. Morris said he told Avery as much last April when the Rangers season ended.
"I told him 'Sean I don’t think there's a good mix here with the coach, and you better…treat training camp as if it's your Stanley Cup playoffs and be ready because that will be your last chance to try and impress with [Rangers coach John Tortorella],'" Morris said.
During training camp, Avery had been playing mostly with AHLer and minor leaguers, an indication that the often-controversial forward wouldn’t have a spot on the roster.
"The writing appeared to be on the wall," Morris said. "[Rangers’ President and GM] Glen [Sather] and I had been talking for the last week about the dogfight Sean was in to make the team."
If the team was so likely to progress as they did, Stellick asked Morris why the Rangers would take Avery along on the trip to Stockholm for the beginning of the regular season.
"Well you go over there and injuries happen…you need a lot of bodies," Morris said. "I think he was there more for insurance thaN to put his best foot forward to make the team."
While there is the possibility another NHL team will try and acquire Avery, Morris said his client will be ready to report to the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford, and work hard there in order to rejoin the parent club or even head to a European club.
Morris is also optimistic that Avery will have a home in the NHL for years to come, saying the forward still has the speed to stay in the game as well as other attributes that would make him popular in other NHL markets.
"A team that is lacking in feistiness – he’s a gritty player… And certainly, he's lively," Morris said. "He's controversial and that would lead to a place that would need to draw some fans."