Sean Avery finally decided that staying within driving distance to Manhattan was more important than ice time in Zurich or with Vityaz Chekhov, so the New York Rangers agitator reported to the AHL's Connecticut Whale on Tuesday after being waived last week.
While the demotion is now "official," the cap ramifications of his demotion have been known for some time. Avery's $1.9 million comes off the New York Rangers' cap; it also comes off of the Dallas Stars' cap, as the Stars pay half of Avery's salary following their buyout two years ago.
This puts the Stars right around the salary cap floor, but according to Cap Geek they're over the floor "for now." The cap floor is $48.3 million; Cap Geek has the Stars at $48,817,500 for a 24-man roster. (Would they win both showcases on The Cap Price Is Right with that margin?)
There's an interesting symmetry here for Avery, the Rangers, the Stars and Hartford; in that Avery's return to the Rangers started in CT and, perhaps, ends in the place...