Sean Avery: Cancer Or Cure?

Mike ThiessenContributor IApril 24, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 20:  Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers flies over John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Is Sean Avery cancer to the team or is he the cure for losing? Many fans would argue that he is a cancer to his team.

In game four of the playoff series against Washington, Avery displayed antics that caused him to be benched for the next game. But after a 4-0 loss to the hands of Alexander Ovechkin and company, it would seem that perhaps Avery should not have been benched so quickly. 

In order to see the impact of Sean Avery's presence on the New York Rangers team, we have to look at their win-loss record with and without Sean Avery.

Before Sean Avery arrived to play his first game in New York on March 5, 2009, the Rangers had a record of 32 - 24 - 8. During this time without Avery they averaged 1.125 standings points per game.

After they added Avery to the lineup they had a record of 11- 6 - 1, giving them an average of 1.278 standings points per game.

In the playoffs the Rangers have won 3 of the 4 games with Avery in the lineup, and lost the game in which he was in the press box by a score of 4 - 0.

Whether you like him or not you can see that the Rangers are a better team with Avery in the line-up.