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Report: Rangers might recall Avery prior to trade deadline

Feb 24, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

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Just when you thought he was out, Sean Avery might be back in.

That’s the word from Larry Brooks, who provides details of how the Rangers might throw Avery a bone by recalling him from AHL Connecticut, thus allowing another NHL team to claim him off waivers.

From the New York Post:

According to NHL By-laws 12 and 28, players claimed on re-entry following the trade deadline are not eligible to play in either the remainder of the regular season or in the playoffs.

With the NHL trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m., and the weekend waiver period lasting for 48 hours, the Rangers would thus have to make their decision regarding Avery no later than Saturday morning so he would be eligible for claim by noon Monday.

If another team claims Avery, the Rangers would be dinged with a cap charge slightly over $200,000 — but if Avery goes unclaimed, they’ll just put him back on waivers and re-assign him to the Whale.

This move (well, potential move) sounds like a last-ditch effort for Avery to salvage something from this season. He hasn’t played since an ugly incident on Jan. 27 when he scored a goal against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, jumped a Penguins defenseman and racked up 14 penalty minutes.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Might interrupt his photoshoot

  2. ruddigervancity - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Why would they do this? Saves ownership a few bucks, but it costs you current cap space that you aren’t spending, and you stand the risk of having him come back to haunt you?

  3. bmitchelf - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    He only jumped the Penguins player after a nasty two-handed slash to his lower leg that did not result in so much as a delayed penalty to the Penguins.

    The Rangers, surprisingly, don’t have to worry about cap space this season. They could afford his dead weight. But they don’t really have to worry about saving money by letting him be claimed either because it’s nothing compared to Redden’s salary in the AHL.

  4. govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Are the Rangers honestly worried about someone else picking Avery up though? I guess that’s the part I’m confused on- everything we’ve been hearing is that 29 teams wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten-foot pole, and then there’s the Rangers. Why even worry about it?

    • ruddigervancity - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Isn’t this talking about a specific strategy to have him picked up by someone else though? Otherwise they could just recall him after the deadline, no?

      • govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        Hmmm… you’re right, I’m misreading the situation (time for an evening cup of coffee!). OK, so my point stands- if 29 teams don’t want this guy, and then there’s the Rangers, why the hell would anyone bother?

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Remember when a team that wasn’t NY thought they could put up with this guy’s antics? How does that saying go? Fool me once….

  6. joelwrobinson - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    I doubt any team picks up the Rangers’ sloppy seconds..

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