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Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 11:45 am

By Brian Stubits

The twists and turns of a Sean Avery season. Aren't they fun?

Even when he's down in the AHL (where the orange juice refills might or might not be free), he's making noise. Well OK, he's not making the noise, but noise is being made about him. Or something like that.

Twice this season, the 29 teams not named the New York Rangers had a chance to claim Avery off of waivers and have him for their own but passed. Not even two weeks since his most recent demotion to the AHL Connecticut Whale, there is reportedly interest from at least one team to get Avery now.

According to the New York Post, the Rangers have been asked to place Avery on re-entry waivers again so that he can be claimed and wear another team's sweater in the NHL. It's obvious Rangers coach John Tortorella doesn't have any room for Avery on his bench, so why not acquiesce and let Avery go on his merry way? Two words: cap space.

Sources have told The Post general manager Glen Sather rejected that request, instead offering to trade Avery in a minor-league deal under which the Rangers would take back additional dollars but the responsibility for placing Avery on re-entry would then pass to the acquiring club that would then bear the burden of carrying dead salary-cap space upon a claim.


Avery’s full cap hit for the remainder of the season is just a tick over $890,000 as of tomorrow. Therefore, the Rangers would be hit with approximately $445,000 of dead cap space upon a re-entry claim.

The NHL has calculated that scenario would theoretically cost the Rangers $2 million in available space at the Feb. 27 trade deadline: $1 million of accrued space for which the club would be charged plus $1 million it therefore would not save.

That's a pretty penny to spend just to let a player loose. Now we'll find out how interested this mystery suitor/suitors is/are by the willingness to give up something in return to the Rangers.

Trying to think of who could be interested in signing Avery, I would take a Wild guess and say we could exclude the Toronto Maple Leafs after Brian Burke's recent "anti-rat" rant.

I'm not a Rangers fan, about the only people who seem to still love Avery, but for some reason that I still cannot pinpoint, I've come to like Avery a little bit. Maybe it's just that I'm a devil's advocate. I'm not sure. But I'd be interested in seeing him get a fresh start somewhere else. When he was playing, Avery was in good behavior this season for the Rangers. There might still be a fourth-line spot for Avery somewhere in the league.

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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:32 am

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

It was written tongue and cheek. I guess you NYers only know cock in cheek.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:56 am

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

The Pens need a skilled player like Iginla from the Flames. They dont need Avery. Avery is a poor mans Aaron Aasham(SP).

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:33 pm

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

I'm with .  How brilliant would it be for the Pen's to pick up the one type of player the team actually still has a abundance of.  Then to top it off for good measure.  The guy's also way overpaid.  Sounds like smart thinking to me.

Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:53 pm

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

Remember though, Flyers only start fights when they outnumber the Rangers. Well at least their fans do anyway.

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:18 pm

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

Written like a true Broadstreet Moron, cbk19. Yeah, lets trade for a guy to beat up in the locker room, then release him. Thats as good as a philly faithful with the high IQ of 1, beating up an iraq war hero and a off duty cop. Wait that happened in the New Years Game this year at Geno's resturant. Well if the average fan in philly thinks fight n beat people up, generally puts there IQ around 2 on the high side. I grew up as an Islander fan, now a New York Rangers Fan, as well as the Kings fan. Bye the way Thank You for Captain Party, The Mike Richards Trade was awesome. Missing the Heart n Soul of your team. The real Faggourts are those spineless goons after The New Years Game.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:32 pm

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

I hope the Flyers sign Avery, let him come into the locker room, beat the piss out of him, then release his faggot ass.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:36 pm

Report: Interest in Avery goes up, but no waivers

There can only be 1 team that didn't want Avery a week ago, but wants him now. The Pittsburgh Penguins injuries have pushed them to need a player like Avery, an extra skilled body. If you want him, trade for him, minor league deal, your fans will go from Avery haters to lovers in 1 game, then have Avery play rangers in playoffs, he knows how easy it is to piss the Rangers off. Torts is a hot head, and his wife is fugly

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