We knew there was a battle for the 13th forward spot with the Rangers. We knew it was down to Sean Avery and Erik Christensen. What we didn’t know was which way the Rangers were leaning since both players have their fair share of pros and cons.
Today, we don’t need to speculate anymore.
According to a tweet by Larry Brooks of the NY Post, the Rangers have put agitating specialist Sean Avery on waivers, thus giving Erik Christensen the spare forward spot. Avery’s career with the Rangers, and potentially in the NHL, appears to be over.
Larry Brooks also tweets the Rangers made their decision a lot earlier than just today. Check it out:
@NYP_Brooksie Let’s be honest….Decision re: Avery was made before camp….don’t understand why team brought him to Europe….
If that is the case, you have to wonder then why the Rangers would even bother? Were they trying to make him slightly more attractive in hopes that another team would claim him on waivers?
What it comes down to are two things:
- Cap space
- Distractions to the team.
The Rangers were on the hook for $1.9 million if Avery made the team whereas Christensen only costs $925k. And with the team already near the salary cap, it makes financial sense. It’s pointless to carry dead weight in the salary cap world.
We know what Sean Avery brings to the table. We also know he has a difficulty toeing the line between playing effectively and playing recklessly. The Rangers have shown a difficulty playing disciplined this preseason, with Avery contributing to that. Once the regular season comes around, winning games become that much harder if you constantly put your team behind.
I’m not quite sure of the uproar regarding this roster spot battle. The 13th forward isn’t a regular player and won’t contribute much unless there’s an injury or ineffective play. Today’s news means Erik Christensen won’t be a regular player with the team, and even that is a stretch considering Christensen is on a short leash of his own.
If Sean Avery goes unclaimed, signs point to it being the end of his NHL career. Teams simply refuse to deal with the headaches that come along with Avery’s style of play. The NHL would love nothing more to rid themselves of Sean Avery and may get their wish today.
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