Avery's big night proves Tortorella was right


Avery1.jpgYou know Larry Brooks is smiling this morning. After Brooks lambasted
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for scratching Sean Avery last
week, the NHL’s most annoying player responded last night with
two goals in a big win against Philadelphia.

see Sean as a player who is at his best when the games are more
emotional, which they are down the stretch and in the playoffs,” Henrik
Lundqvist told The Post. “These are the games where he belongs.”

“Sean plays a lot better when he’s a little angry,” said Lundqvist,
who was extremely sharp behind an outstanding collective defensive
effort. “He was making good decisions, he was moving his feet, he had
great speed and was good with the puck.

“It was great to see.”

Brooks may not have been happy with Tortorella about his treatment of
Avery — heck, he’s always angry
with Torts
— but you can’t find anything wrong with how the coach
handled some bad games by Avery. It’s not like him sitting out hurt the
Rangers much; they soundly beat down Atlanta on Friday night. The next
game, Avery has perhaps his second-best game of the season.

Whether you like it or not, Avery is someone who is fueled by emotion
and much more so than any other player in the NHL. When he loses that
edge, he’s just not very good. Tortorella did what he needed to do to
give Avery a reason to play hard again, even if it was a metaphoric big
middle finger to his coach.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

Pavel Datsyuk,
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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”