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Report: Sather keeping Avery from other NHL teams

Jan 12, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

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Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports Rangers GM Glen Sather is intentionally keeping Sean Avery in the minors — this despite two NHL clubs looking to claim him off re-entry waivers.

According to Brooks’ sources, one team has flat-out asked the Rangers to recall Avery while another team is prepared to make a claim should he become available. The catch, though, is that if Avery comes up from AHL Connecticut and gets claimed, the Rangers would be on the hook for half his salary (approx. $445,000) — which is essentially dead cap space.

Ergo, Sather is looking to trade Avery rather than pay him to play elsewhere.

More, from the Post:

When Sather was asked yesterday by The Post if the Rangers would agree to put Avery through the re-entry process, the GM replied via email: “Not now.”

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.

Let’s be clear here — despite the optics, this isn’t a vendetta to keep Avery out of the National Hockey League. It’s merely some pre-trade deadline maneuvering by Slats (that just happens to involve a polarizing figure.) The Rangers have been up against the cap ceiling all season and need available cap space to potentially make a deal by Feb. 27 — which, given their spot atop the Eastern Conference, is an option they’d like to have.

  1. caputop - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Why didn’t they claim him when he got sent back to CT 2 weeks ago?

    • quixotissimo - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Waivers and re-entry waivers work differently. If he had been claimed on waivers the claiming team would acquire his entire salary. If claimed in re-entry waivers they are only responsible for half his paycheck. The Rangers would have to pay the other half. NYR did the same thing when they claimed Avery on RE waivers from Dallas a few years back.

      • caputop - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Thanks, but if they were doing it to save cash, they can’t really whine if the Rangers don’t want to give him away and pay him when they could have had him for the full price.

  2. solador78 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Smells like Vancouver.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Well, if the rest of the league pretty much hates you already, why not go all in?

      • haterzgonahate - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        could you imagine a line of Burrow/Lappiere/Avery? oh man..somebody call pest control!

        /shudders

  3. duckandabluesailor - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    They should call up Owens.

  4. ballistictrajectory - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Bring out the dancing attorneys!

  5. bbk1000 - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    If this guy plays smart, which he is capable of doing, he is a great addition for a team. Unfortunately seems to get lost at times.

    As a fan of the team I think he is great, but it seems it’s time for him to go.

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