Sean Avery was placed on waivers for the second time this season last night. And today, for the second time, he cleared them, according to Rangers Report.
The 31-year-old winger will now report to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, where he will most likely finish up the season and his four-year, $15-plus million deal he originally signed with the Dallas Stars.
There was some speculation — though mostly just internet rumors — that the New York Islanders may be interested in the agitator, but the risk seemed more than the reward, as Avery has said numerous times that he only wants to play for the Rangers.
In 15 games this season with the Rangers, Avery registered three goals, one more than Brandon Dubinsky has in 36 games this season, averaging about six minutes of ice a night.
According to several reports, the already poor relationship between Avery and head coach John Tortorella soured for good Dec. 10 after a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres after Avery brought his mother and family friend into the Rangers’ locker room.
Tortorella said it was just a numbers game, as both Wojtek Wolski and Marc Staal are expected to return to the team along with their combined nearly $8 million in salary against the books.
So what is next for Avery? He’ll play out this season and be an unrestricted free agent come July 1. But as we’ve seen, his worth around the NHL seems to be non-existent. Would he head to Europe? I think he may call it quits and focus on his other interests in the Big Apple, including his restaurants and bars, as well as his fashion and status as a socialite.
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