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Sean Avery reports to AHL, goons dominate waivers

Oct 11, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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Even when Sean Avery isn’t around, the guy manages to be a pest to someone. By accepting his demotion to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale*, the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars’ $1.9 million cap responsibilities dissolve.

That’s great news for the wild-spending Rangers, but the Stars face a serious worry of going below the salary cap floor once Adam Pardy is taken off the injured reserve. The Stars might have to spend more than $1 million merely to plug a salary hole while still paying half of Avery’s salary. Avery’s contract really is the “gift” that keeps giving for the Stars.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the other waiver wire moves from Wednesday, via TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

  • Three players cleared waivers. Boston Bruins Andrew Bodnarchuk and Josh Hennessey cleared waivers along with Jeff Deslauriers of the Anaheim Ducks.

So that’s it for today’s waiver wire moves.

* – Interestingly enough, Avery and Wade Redden will make more money because they won’t pay escrow in the minors. That must make it at least a bit less soul-crushing to be in that situation, right?

  1. bluesrawesome - Oct 11, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Why can’t Dallas just sign another player that’s a free agent to add depth?

    • James O'Brien - Oct 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      They’ll probably need to, but they’re still waiting for a new owner to take over, so money is very tight there right now.

  2. bluesrawesome - Oct 11, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    But they have to be at cap and need to spend 1 million to get there.

  3. cshearing - Oct 12, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    While Avery and Redden may see that extra on their paychecks, to date the full amount of any escrow payments have been returned to the players. Most likely it would all evened out at the end of the season.

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