Former Ranger Avery takes shot at Tortorella on Twitter Staff

3/30/2013 10:56:44 PM

After the New York Rangers shutout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday – their second straight shutout loss – former Ranger Sean Avery took a shot at Rangers head coach John Tortorella via Twitter.

"Fire this CLOWN, his players hate him and wont play for his BS.... @imseanavery is #winning," Avery tweeted about Tortorella, before making a Charlie Sheen reference.

Rangers forward Ryan Callahan responded in a statement on behalf of the Rangers players.

"Sean Avery's comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions. He did not speak for us as a team when he was here and certainly does not now," said Callahan.

The two have some history together, dating back even before they were both in New York at the same time.

Appearing on an NHL on TSN panel prior to being hired by the Rangers in February 2009, Tortella was overly critical of Avery, who at the time was with the Dallas Stars and had spoken about an ex-girlfriend in an unflattering light.

"Enough is enough. He's embarrassed himself, he's embarrassed the [Dallas] organization, he's embarrassed the league and he's embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn't belong in the league."

Avery was then claimed by the Rangers after Tortorella took over as bench boss, and the two spent parts of the next four seasons together in the Big Apple.

One season after finishing first in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers are 16-15-3 and sitting just eighth in the conference.