Credit goes to Larry Brooks for uncovering “the particulars of a brief”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07302007/sports/rangers/slats_not_fair__rangers_call_avery_detriment_in_brief_rangers_larry_brooks.htm submitted by the Rangers for Sean Avery’s arbitration hearing today in Toronto.
In it, Glen Sather dismisses much of the left wing’s on-ice contributions last spring and even refers to him as a “detriment to the team.”
Naturally, you’d have to think much of this is mere posturing by the Rangers, but it still strikes me as an odd move given Avery’s unquestioned importance to the team — both last year and presumably, moving forward.
I’m one of those who thinks the stars may have aligned for Avery when he came to New York last year, meaning that he happened to be the right player who arrived at just the right time. But other than shooting his mouth off to us on occasion — i.e. promising to hurt the Sabres before the Buffalo series — I never got the sense that he was anything other than a guy that wanted to see the team win. In fact, Avery was often quick to dismiss the credit that came his way toward the end of last season.
Things are getting strange, folks. I admittely have been out of the loop somewhat this summer. But this is yet another move by the Rangers (see: departures of Don Maloney, Jed Ortmeyer, and Matt Cullen) that leaves me scratching my head…