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FAN-FARE: THE AVERY LEGACY

SeanAvery1BY: Adam Gavriel

It appears that the Sean Avery saga is finally coming to an end with the Rangers…again. Though this time it seems to be for good and not just with the Rangers, but with the NHL, KHL, SEL, AHL, or any hockey league you can think of.

Last night on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Sean Avery proclaimed that he was retiring from hockey and that he, “…Threw his skates into the Hudson.” Many had speculated that the end of Avery’s career was right around the corner, that he had, between his actions and words, burned too many bridges in the NHL and its affiliates to have a legitimate shot at being put on re-entry waivers this season by the Rangers. Turns out, those speculations may have been correct.

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THE AVERY AFFECT

Connecticut-Whale_thumb      VERSUS      Norfolk_thumb

Much as the Peanuts character Pigpen seems to always have a cloud of dirty following him wherever he goes, the same can be said for former New York Rangers’ forward Sean Avery.

Saturday night in Norfolk, Virginia the Connecticut Whale played the back-end of a pair of games with the Admirals at The Scope and lost 4-2 in front of 7,227.

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ZUCCARELLO: NOW YOU SEE HIM – MAYBE NOW YOU DON’T?

Connecticut Whale     VERSUS     Norfolk

The Connecticut Whale travelled down to The Scope in Norfolk, Virginia to start a pair of games with the Admirals. Head Coach Ken Gernander started the trip on an up-note as he was able to pencil in All-Star forward Mats Zuccarello for the first time in thirteen games. But, by the time the game was over, it wasn’t a lackluster Whale performance in a 3-1 loss for the Whale that was their biggest concern, it was the condition of Zuccarello’s health.

Zuccarello returned to the Whale lineup after suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Hershey Bears at the XL Center on December 9th. In this contest Friday, during the last minute of regulation, the versatile Whale forward, who has played all three upfront positions this season, found himself in a scrum of players fighting for control of the puck along the left wing half-boards in the offensive zone. While reaching for the puck Zuccarello fell backwards awkwardly. “The Norwegian Hobbit” struggled to get to his feet and back to the Whale bench. Once he got there, he immediately went right to the locker room with trainer Damien Hess. Zuccarello was in pain and noticeably limping.

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AVERY BACK IN HARTFORD

Connecticut WhaleSean Avery has been returned to the Connecticut Whale after clearing waivers for the second time this season and according to Head Coach Ken Gernander will be joining the team on Sunday for their trip to Portland, Maine.

With the addition of Avery and the injury to Wade Redden, Gernander said that the Whale are AT the veteran limit. When Redden returns form hi leg injury Gernander will need to shuffle someone in and out to comply with the league veteran rule.

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SPOTLIGHT: SEAN AVERY

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers placed veteran left wing Sean Avery on waivers for a second time Friday.

Avery was scratched for the 10th consecutive game Friday night at Florida against the surprising Southeast Division-leading Panthers and first-year coach Kevin Dineen, the former Hartford Whalers standout right wing and captain. Avery last played Dec. 10 in a 4-1 victory at Buffalo, his 15th game after playing two games with the Whale. He scored a clinching empty-net goal in a 4-2 victory at Adirondack on Oct. 28, had the deciding shootout goal in a 3-2 win at Worcester the next night and was recalled from the Whale and passed through re-entry waivers on Nov. 1.

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TEN GAMES IN, WHAT’DYA GOT?

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

It’s only 10 games into the franchise’s 15th season, but the first full go-around as the Connecticut Whale has been quite pleasing for the man who has been around Asylum Street since Day One.

Except for a few blown leads and ill-timed penalties, coach Ken Gernander has had little to complain about as the Whale (6-1-1-2) moved to the top of the new Northeast Division with a record that’s tied for the AHL’s best and is the best start in team history since they won their first nine games in 2004-05, Gernander’s final season of a stellar 14-year pro playing career.

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SEAN, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

new-york-rangers-logo Well while we were 100% down and out, and know at least back up to our knees, Sean Avery was put on waivers and cleared and now has been officially recalled by the New York Rangers.

Avery is an exceptionally popular player in New York. His no holds barred, “to-hell-with-the-rules” attitude plays well in “The Word’s Most Famous Under Renovation Arena.”

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FINDING THE WAY

Connecticut Whale   VS. Adirondack(FRI)  VS. Worcester(SAT)

BY: Mitch Beck

“Early on in the season we came out to good starts and didn’t sustain it, allowed teams to come back on us. As of late, we’ve had a little bit more killer instinct and been able to close games out,” Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander told reporters after completing a weekend road trip with a 3-2 shootout win in front of 2,639 brave souls who took on the snow storm to come to the DCU Center in Worcester for the game against the Sharks Saturday night.

If there was one thing that made this pair of games interesting to watch it was the debut of NHL agitator Sean Avery, who made a splash in both games.

While on paper, Friday night’s battle with Adirondack at the Glens Falls Arena, was about Jordan Owens and the two goals that he scored or that John Mitchell seemed to be involved in everything on both ends of the ice, the story was Avery and what impact he would have and how he would respond in his first game in the AHL since being sent down by the New York Rangers at the end of training camp. Continue reading

BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – AVERY, “I COULD PROBABLY PLAY”

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Sean Avery, wearing a yellow no-contact jersey, skated for the first time in nearly three weeks Wednesday morning in a 50-minute workout with the Connecticut Whale at the XL Center in Hartford.

Avery participated in the entire practice, including special teams drills in which he actually played a little defense on the penalty kill. It was his first ice time since he was injured in his third preseason game with the parent New York Rangers on Sept. 30 in Gothenburg, Sweden. His workout ended with a brief chat with Whale coach Ken Gernander and more treatment on the injury.

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CONNECTICUT WHALE MEDIA DAY VIDEO

Today was media day for the Connecticut Whale at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford. Among those who spoke were Howard Baldwin, Sr., Head Coach Ken Gernander and the Voice of the team, Bob Crawford.

There were several announcements that were made including an announcement that five CTWhale games would be televised on WCCT-TV. It will be the first time that the AHL action has been on local TV since the 2006-2007 season. Continue reading