New York Rangers: Martin Brodeur

Sean Avery, Martin Brodeur exchange jabs

March, 27, 2014
Mar 27
Avery & Brodeur Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesSean Avery and Martin Brodeur have a long standing rivalry.
Sean Avery is no longer playing in the National Hockey League -- he famously declared he was throwing his skates in the Hudson River upon retirement in 2012 -- but that doesn't mean his epic battles with bitter enemy Martin Brodeur have ended.

The two traded barbs Thursday, when Brodeur mocked Avery’s recent participation on the ABC reality television show, “Dancing With the Stars.”

Asked about Avery’s performance -- the former New York Rangers antagonist was unceremoniously sent home two weeks into this season -- Brodeur made a crack at his one-time foe.

“I didn’t watch -- I don’t watch those shows -- but I was watching NHL Network and they mentioned it,” Brodeur told

“What more could he do to embarrass himself?” Brodeur asked. “There it is.”

Never one to be outdone, the notorious pest responded via his official Twitter account, calling the future Hall of Fame New Jersey Devils goaltender “fatso” in the process.

“Woke up beside a supermodel [referring to his fiancée, Hilary Rhoda] to hear news that Fatso made a comment..... @DancingABC equals Thousands of $ for charity.”

Avery later deleted the tweet, but in case you thought he was done, well, there is more.

Avery showed no restraint in going after the 41-year-old netminder, bringing up Brodeur’s well-documented affair with his ex-wife’s sister-in-law, whom he later married.

“Embarrassing is when u [sic] sleep with the #Nanny and get caught :)” he tweeted.

Safe to say there is no love lost between these two.

The pair has a long history of nasty run-ins while Avery was playing for the Rangers. Most notably, a new NHL rule had to be effected when Avery screened Brodeur by waving his stick in his face during the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ahhhh, memories.

W2W4: Rangers vs. Devils

November, 12, 2013
At a glance: Winners of three straight, the Rangers host the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night looking to avenge the last loss to their Hudson River rivals. Smarting from a grueling West Coast road trip, the Rangers were blanked by the Devils 4-0 back on Oct. 19, but they’ve regained some swagger in recent weeks with improved play and a record that is now above .500. Meanwhile, the Devils have fallen three points back of the Blueshirts. New Jersey enters Tuesday’s match coming off a decisive 5-0 win over Nashville on Sunday night.

Battle of the best: The last time the two teams met, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist squared off with an unfamiliar face in the opposing net. After years of going head-to-head with future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, Lundqvist squared off against Devils newcomer Cory Schneider instead. Tuesday, all will be back to normal as Brodeur gets the start for New Jersey. Lundqvist is 24-7-5 with a 1.97 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and seven shutouts in 36 regular-season games against Brodeur. The 41-year-old Devils stopper is on a roll, however, having posted two straight shutouts heading into Tuesday's clash.

Young guns: For the Rangers, youngsters like Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider have made all the difference as of late. Since his return from injury, Hagelin has eight points in seven games, seven of which have come in the past five. Kreider has two goals and seven points in the past eight. Even J.T. Miller is making his mark. The 20-year-old prospect tallied his first goal of the season Sunday night, capping a pretty passing sequence set up by superb plays from Kreider and defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Stingy on D: Both teams have buckled down on defense and limited opponents recently. The Devils have held teams to two goals or fewer in six of their past seven games, while the Rangers had gone nine straight such games before giving up three to Florida in Sunday’s win.