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Sean Avery won’t test free agency, still plans to retire

Jun 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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Looks like throwing his skates in the Hudson River will be Sean Avery’s last hockey-related act.

According to Katie Strang of ESPN, the ex-Rangers forward won’t try to sign with a team come July 1 and still plans on retiring. Avery told Strang he has “no interest” in testing the free agent market which, I would assume, is roughly the same level of interest teams had in Avery.

The 32-year-old torched whatever was left of his relationship with the Rangers via a series of antics in AHL Connecticut. He last played on Jan. 27 and, after being a healthy scratch for 15 straight games, was sent home on Mar. 5.

Avery then appeared on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live and said “I am officially retired — I threw my skates in the Hudson.”

Avery’s agent, Pat Morris, said his client’s comments were “not serious” and he hadn’t given up on his career. Shortly thereafter, it was learned Avery refused to sign retirement papers sent to him by Rangers GM Glen Sather.

But now it appears one of the most controversial figures in league history has called it a day.

If it is indeed the end, Avery will finish with 247 points in 580 career games — with 1533 penalty minutes.

  1. govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    And stay out.

  2. jernster21 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Slow hockey news day.

  3. mrpigs - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I’ll still wear my blue 16 sweater with pride! Ull be missed jackass!

  4. ithacamike - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Who’s Sean Avery?

  5. 950003cups - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    If he ever has children, will the Devils draft him first round?

  6. babar61 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I just re-watched espns “the season” featuring the 2003 red wings…watching all the great players on that team like brett hull and others talk up Avery about how he will be a star. Strange how things turn out sometimes…

  7. rushledger - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    It’s funny his cameos on hbo’s 24/7 he’s having breakfast with Brandon prust and he’s asking of the orange juice is free with sunglasses on… Yeah he’s a toolbag no questions asked I wanna hear more about his antics in CT with the whale though

    • killerpgh - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      I think it involved spitting in the coaches face if I am remember correctly in the AHL.

  8. capsfan19 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Ugh this guy is a character…. Would be glad to never hear about him again.

  9. drunkbro - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    avery is following his true passion – designing handbags

    • jernster21 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Or being a much larger man’s handbag.

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