The Rangers finally made a statement. Regrettably, it was made on paper rather than on the ice, but hey, someone was finally able to stir the emotion of this somnambulant team, even if it was, of all people, Sean Avery, who did so by napalming his bridge to the Garden behind him in using his Twitter account to rudely call for the dismissal of coach John Tortorella. Yep, it was Avery’s emergence from hockey exile via a tweet following the Rangers’ 3-0 defeat in Montreal on Saturday night — “Fire this CLOWN, his players hate him and wont play for his BS”— that prompted a flash of indignant club-wide solidarity in support of the coach as represented by captain Ryan Callahan. “Sean Avery’s comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions,” read the statement attached to Callahan’s name that the team released yesterday afternoon. “He did not speak for us as a team when he was here and certainly does not now.” Avery is enjoying life as a Mad Man cut from a different cloth than Don Draper after retiring from hockey following a typically tumultuous 2011-12, during which he was twice waived by the Rangers and finished on the AHL Whale’s inactive list. He merely laughed and declined to elaborate when reached by phone yesterday before posting a follow-up tweet that read, “Relax with the official statements, its kinda embarrassing.” Oh, well. At least Fashion Police Sean didn’t nominate Joan Rivers to take over behind the bench. His arch-enemy Tortorella, meanwhile, is having a difficult 2012-13 coaching an underachieving, flat-line club that has been shut out twice in a row, has lost seven of its last 10 (3-6-1) and is barely in a playoff spot with 14 games to go beginning with tonight’s match at the Garden against the Jets. There has been no edge and no resolve from the Rangers, who don’t even resemble distant cousins from last year’s Black-and-Blueshirts who spit out nails and pucks on their way to storming to the East’s regular season championship before being stopped in the conference finals.
Blueshirts must answer to more than Avery tweets
New York Post | Apr 1