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08:27 AM ET 04.01 | Coming out of the weekend, Rangers players shared a prevailing sentiment. Shut your yap, Avery. Captain Ryan Callahan and his teammates echoed their coach's famous phrase on Easter Sunday when they fired back at ex-teammate Sean Avery. The former agitating Ranger had tweeted Saturday night that the club should "Fire this CLOWN," referring to John Tortorella. " Sean Avery's comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions," read a statement from all 23 Rangers, led by Callahan. "He did not speak for us as a team when he was here and certainly does not now." ... [Said Derek Stepan:] "I don't agree with (Avery's tweet) at all, no. I think it's safe to say that all 23 guys on our roster would say that's not the case."

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April 1, 2013  08:33 AM ET

that's a clown tweet, bro.

April 1, 2013  08:34 AM ET

they can deny all they want, but the proof is in the pudding. these rangers are soft and their coach seems to be doing more damage than good.

April 1, 2013  08:52 AM ET

You know it's bad when The Avery is the voice of reason.

April 1, 2013  08:52 AM ET

I think most Ranger fans know there was no love lost between Avery and Callahan and that Callahan is one of Tortorellas boys so the captain's comments mean less than Avery's.

April 1, 2013  08:53 AM ET

But for real, there was a reason the Rangers were the paper champs at the beginning of the season. This team should be downright scary and at least be one of the top 3-4 teams in the esat. Tortz has ruined this team by forcing them all to play his brand of hockey.

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April 1, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I find it comical that a current captain of a NHL team felt the need to release a statement to respond to a tweet from a bad former player. Kinda sums up the Rangers' current situation doesn't it - worrying about the things that, in the end, don't matter at all.

yeah, a bit odd that.

April 1, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I find it comical that a current captain of a NHL team felt the need to release a statement to respond to a tweet from a bad former player. Kinda sums up the Rangers' current situation doesn't it - worrying about the things that, in the end, don't matter at all.

The captain didn't feel the need to respond. I am sure he was cornered by a slew of reporters seeking out a tabloid story about a struggling team. Ever been to New York?

April 1, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

But for real, there was a reason the Rangers were the paper champs at the beginning of the season. This team should be downright scary and at least be one of the top 3-4 teams in the esat. Tortz has ruined this team by forcing them all to play his brand of hockey.

they were one game from the Finals last season with the same coach and the same style of play, so that's nonsense. Some guys played over their heads last season and have returned to earth. (Boyle, Hagelin and Krieder for a start) They lost a good Heart and Soul guy (Prust) and some injuries (but everyone gets those) and all of that added up is not conducive to anything more than a paper Cup

April 1, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The captain didn't feel the need to respond. I am sure he was cornered by a slew of reporters seeking out a tabloid story about a struggling team. Ever been to New York?

+1

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April 1, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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They issued a statement, on their own volition.And even if they were being hounded by media (which happens in every Canadian city, and i'd throw in Philly and Pit in addition to NYC), there are really short responses that do just fine in that situation.

Those cities mentioned don't even come close to the Apple when it comes to media. I thought Callahan's statement was perfect personally... Avery has never been and certainly not in retirement, a spokesperson for the club. Simple and to the point.

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April 1, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Sports media in numbers is sports media in numbers. If I can compare baseball writers in Boston and New York, I can sure as hell compare hockey writers in Toronto and New York. Maybe the ones in NYC go out on more limbs to create controversy, but as long as Damien Cox and Steve Simmons live in Toronto, that's not an argument i'm prepared to lose.Anyway, the proper way to handle this was to ignore it. Say "Sean who?" Focus more on the fact you couldn't put the puck in the net if it was a soccer net. He just gave legitimacy to Sean Avery as a hockey critic. That was the last card on planet earth they should've played.

Completely agree. It just adds gasoline to the yellow journalism fire

April 1, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Sports media in numbers is sports media in numbers. If I can compare baseball writers in Boston and New York, I can sure as hell compare hockey writers in Toronto and New York. Maybe the ones in NYC go out on more limbs to create controversy, but as long as Damien Cox and Steve Simmons live in Toronto, that's not an argument i'm prepared to lose.Anyway, the proper way to handle this was to ignore it. Say "Sean who?" Focus more on the fact you couldn't put the puck in the net if it was a soccer net. He just gave legitimacy to Sean Avery as a hockey critic. That was the last card on planet earth they should've played.

Completely agree. It just adds gasoline yellow journalism fire

April 1, 2013  10:15 AM ET

""Sean Avery's comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions," read a statement from all 23 Rangers, led by Callahan."

Tortafella must've threatened all of them with the "Three Fingers" treatment to get them to agree to that!

April 1, 2013  10:16 AM ET

I read yesterday that someone said the only thing that would have made this story (and i use the term loosely) better would be if they had tape of Larry Brooks reading the tweet to Torts.

April 1, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think most Ranger fans know there was no love lost between Avery and Callahan and that Callahan is one of Tortorellas boys so the captain's comments mean less than Avery's.

I wonder if Gaborik signed that statement or if somebody else did it for him.

April 1, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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I read yesterday that someone said the only thing that would have made this story (and i use the term loosely) better would be if they had tape of Larry Brooks reading the tweet to Torts.

I'd put that on pay-per-view.

 
April 1, 2013  10:27 AM ET

sned in the clowns...

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