Tortorella was hired on February 23rd, 2009. The idea of Avery being brought back was questioned as soon as Tortorella was hired.
Avery was claimed by the Rangers on March 3rd, 2009.
Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky talked about Avery’s return HERE. Many other Rangers supported Avery returning HERE.
Avery got on John Tortorella’s nerves in the Rangers first round series against Washington in 2009. Tortorella said that his relationship with Avery was “great”on breakup day in 2009.
The following season, Avery struggled throughout the season, leading to a benching in March. Avery responded with strong play and was praised before sustaining a season ending injury.