Make no mistake, Brooksie has never had great love for Sean - but Brooksie has also had no great love for Torts or Slats. In this instance, Brooks is actually calling things as he sees them, and he sees it the way Mike, jb and I do.
This morning, Larry called it right, Avery was never given a chance by the coach - even though he would have been a very valuable member of this team.
If you read between the lines, Sather likes Sean, but the coach would not play him. So, Sather did what was best for the salary situation now that he needed cap space for Mara or someone like him with Staal hurt. He let Sean go since the cap space was better used to get a player the coach would play.
We need be honest. The coach had his reasons. While Sean has the talent of a first line left winger, he is not consistent and attracts negative attention. The refs hate him and penalize him. But, in my view, Torts could not see beyond the negatives. The positives were overwhelming.
In a difficult playoff game, when going into the corner for a puck means you are going to get hit hard, would you rather have Christensen on your line or Sean? When you play Philly or Boston would you feel better if Sean were with your team or Christensen, Wolski and Zuccarello?
Sean might be a character, but he has character. In losing him, the Rangers lost more than a good man, they lost a piece of their soul.