Sean Avery played his junior hockey in Ontario, for the Owen Sound Platers and the Kingston Frontenacs. He signed at the end of the last century with Detroit Red Wings after passing through a couple of drafts.
Avery was a first class agitator from the get-go, but he also had some ability. Now he wasn’t a Ken Linseman 1st line center-agitator and his pro debut in 2000 didn’t imply NHL greatness. However, he was a useful hockey player and turned himself into a fringe NHLer by the time he landed in Los Angeles.
Where he became a regular and contributed at the NHL level. He was eventually traded to the Rangers before cashing in with a free agent contract courtesy the Dallas Stars. Four years, $15.5M may not seem like a lot of money, but for a role player like Avery it had to represent a very nice career plateau.
Sean Avery has displayed bad judgement in the past but he has also paid in full. And then some.
I’m not going to debate the comments he made that got him suspended because it isn’t what we do here. However, with Avery on waivers today I think we can debate the fact that Edmonton has an option to place a claim.
Sean Avery can play NHL hockey. He is most certainly a better player than the 23rd man on this roster. His salary (as he passes through waivers) is certainly in line with his abilities (or better). I believe he is certainly worth a shot.