Rangers Rumors & News
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From the lips of Larry Brooks: Sean Avery “comes to the Big Town with both Elisha Cuthbert on his arm and a rather lengthy rap sheet on his resume.”

Avery is not a player renown for his character. During the 2005 preseason, he criticized Denis Gauthier, who is French-Canadian, for a bodycheck, calling it “typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up.” During the regular season of that same year, Edmonton Oiler Georges Laraque, a Black Canadian, accused Avery of calling him a “monkey.” Avery also received a $1,000 fine for diving during the season, and an additional $1,000 fine for ripping the NHL a day later. Newsday recounts an amusing anecdote wherein Avery, upon spotting actor John Cusack near the bench, mocked the celebrity, shouting, “Hey Cusack, ‘Must Love Dogs?’ When are you going to make a man’s film again?”

As the forward’s controversial year drew to an end, the Kings decided to suspend Avery for the remainder of the season due to behavior detrimental to the team. Before the 2006-2007 season, Kings GM Dean Lombardi remarked that Avery was on “double secret probation.”

Nevertheless, the Rangers are optimistic about their acquisition. Brendan Shanahan played with Avery in Detroit, and reportedly the two built a mutual admiration. Says Shanny, “He’s a difference-maker in that you always know when he’s on the ice. If he had been here, he could have been the guy to get Detroit off their game [in the Rangers’ 4-3 defeat on Monday night].”

Newsday doesn’t exactly give the deal a ringing endorsement, portraying the deal as addition by subtraction for the Kings, who “removed a potentially negative influence on players in the team’s youth movement.

Joining that youth movement will be prospects Marc-Andre Cliche and Jan Marek. Though Jason Ward is the only NHL-level player headed to LA in the deal, Cliche is considered the centerpiece of the swap. Cliche was the Rangers 2nd round draft pick in 2005, and played for the gold medal-winning Canadian team in the World Junior Hockey Tournament. He has 36 points in 35 games playing for Lewiston of the QMJHL this season.

Steve Zipay of Newsday remarks that “the Rangers believed they needed a spark; instead, they may have purchased some gasoline.” The team will find out tonight, when they faceoff against the division-leading Devils.

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