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August 1, 2007

Rangers To Avery: We Hate You, Welcome Back

Despite badmouthing the crap out of him during arbitration, and having to pay $600k more than they wanted to, the Rangers has signed Sean Avery to a new contract. The calm, mature center went into the hearing seeking a perfectly reasonable $2.6 million salary, but the judge ruled that $1.9 million would be more appropriate. How unfair.

During the announcement of the signing, Rags GM Glen Sather said,

"We are pleased to have Sean under contract and are looking forward to him returning with the same passion and enthusiasm he brought to our team last year," Sather said. "He is a terrific competitor, who we expect to play a significant role in a successful season."

Which seems to differ only slightly from what he said about Avery during the arbitration hearing:

"[Avery is] a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team. Avery is not a mature player. He plays, at times, like an individual rather than a member of a team."

So obviously Sather is not in any way being inconsistent with his comments. And I bet Avery will feel extremely comfortable playing for the Rangers this coming season, confident in the knowledge that his boss has nothing but respect and admiration for him. It seems like everything is going to work out just fine.

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The Dark Ranger said...

I cannot wait for the locker room fights between Chris Drury vs Sean Avery & more vitriolic Scott Gomez vs Sean Avery. The latter hated each other last season.

Those feelings don't go away. Slats was smart to sign Avery for one-year -- because he did deliver back-end of last season, but 82 games later this season could be a friggin disaster!

Who doesn't hate the guy? The Dark Ranger loves him!


Dear Lord Stanley said...

They look like one big happy family to me.

Jibblescribbits said...

So do These Guys

Dear Lord Stanley said...

A bit off topic, but sure. That was actually a pretty good movie, now that I think about it.

Jibblescribbits said...

A bit off topic, but sure.

Not really, you were saying the Rangers "look like one big happy family"

I should have said so do these guys [/sarcasm]

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