This morning, the New York Rangers have placed winger Sean Avery on waivers. The team will have to wait a 24 hour period in which any team can claim him before being able to send him down to the Ranger’s AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whales. The Rangers will be free of Avery’s $2M salary hit if he clears waivers. If another team claims Avery, the Rangers will have to still pay $1M of the hit while the claiming team would pay the other $1M hit.
Avery’s fallout with the Rangers started at the end of last season. Avery didn’t even dress for six of the Ranger’s final twelve games last season and played less than ten minutes in each of the last twelve regular season contests he competed in. Coach John Tortorella hasn’t been a fan of Avery’s style of place alongside his habit of taking stupid penalties and getting into trouble off the ice. Recent cases of the LA Police incident this summer and accusing Wayne Simmonds of using a homophobic term against him didn’t help his case.
Avery’s agent, Pat Morris, said, “his client will be placed on waivers and if he clears, will be exploring all options which includes Europe.” Avery obviously still feels he can compete at the NHL level. But, will another NHL team be willing to take a chance with the rugged pest who has a history of offenses in the league?
Avery will most likely not be claimed by another team. With the trouble he has already stirred up with the league, most teams won’t be looking to give Avery a chance to clean his act up. But, I do see Avery finding a way back into the NHL next year if not this year when he’s up for a new contract. He’ll be looking for a home outside of New York.
More to Come..
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