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Sean Avery coming back to the Rangers?

Oct 30, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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The New York Post’s Larry Brooks is among those reporting Sean Avery will be placed on re-entry waivers tomorrow and could be in the Rangers’ line-up Thursday against the Ducks.

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Brooks doesn’t expect any other team to put in a claim for Avery. If Brooks is right, Avery’s $3.875-million cap hit will once again be split 50-50 between the Rangers and Dallas Stars. (Not that the floor-flirting Stars care. In fact, they’re probably happy to gain the cap hit. Just means they can jettison even more salary if they have to.)

Avery played two games with the Connecticut Whale after being cut rather unsympathetically by Rangers coach John Tortorella out of training camp. The infamous agitator figured he’d be spending the rest of the season in the AHL while he played out the last year of his contract.

Of course, Avery’s figuring came before yesterday, when the Rangers blew a three-goal, third-period lead at home to the Ottawa Senators, eventually losing 5-4 in a shootout.

Whether calling up Avery was Tortorella’s decision or GM Glen Sather’s, it says a lot about the team’s recent run of play. In the Rangers’ last four games, they “sucked head to toe” in a 2-0 loss to the Oilers, beat Winnipeg unconvincingly, lost to the Leafs at home, and blew it against the Sens.

The Avery addition also correlates with the loss of big forward Mike Rupp, whose “cranky knee” is a “concern,” according to Torts.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Oct 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    I never say ‘I told you so,” but I did say that at some point in the season, a team would get desperate and Avery would be back in the NHL. There ya go.

  2. stakex - Oct 30, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    The Rangers have looked horrible so far this year. They lack any sort of spark, and they have no players in their lineup capable of sparking their team. Avery will be that guy. Like him or hate him, its a fact that the Rangers were a better team with him in their lineup over the last few years… and hopefully will be again.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

      I still think the bigger concerns are Tortorella’s style not meshing with the players he’s got and Sather’s batshit contract insanity leaving them with no money to fix their defensive holes, but they really need a sparkplug player. Callahan’s not exactly a go-to captain (more the result of them having no-one better than anything), so they need to get a push from SOMEONE. You’re right – Avery’s likely the guy.

  3. trbowman - Oct 31, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Normally this news would annoy me but, I know that would make Avery happy, so whatever.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 31, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    If your team is banking on Avery to give you a spark, you know you are in trouble. But this shouldn’t be a surprised to anyone. The Rangers haven’t seemed to get it all right since ’94. King Henry has been their best player but he can’t do it all.

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