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The New York Rangers placed exiled winger Sean Avery on re-entry waivers Monday, potentially clearing the way for the veteran agitator to make his 2011 NHL debut later this week, the New York Post reported.
Avery, 31, was dropped to the waiver wire for the second time in his career prior to the star of the season after failing to snag a roster spot on coach John Tortorella's team.
But following a less than stellar start to the season, the Rangers are at 3-3-3 and appear to be reconsidering Avery as they look for a much needed spark to get them on track.
According to the Post, if Avery clears waivers as expected, he could be in the Rangers' lineup as early as Thursday when they host Anaheim.
Fans at Madison Square Garden in New York have made their opinions known to Rangers management, displaying banners and shouting chants in support of the tumultuous winger during the team's last two home games.
Avery is slated to make $4 million this season -- the final year of the four-year, $15 million deal carried over from his stint with the Dallas Stars.
The Rangers picked up Avery's Dallas deal in 2009 after the Stars waived him following his controversial "sloppy seconds" comment, in which he took a jab at former Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who was dating Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert.
The Rangers' move to oust Avery earlier this month was due, in part, to a personality conflict with Tortorella.
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To the joy of Sean Avery supporters everywhere, the enigmatic winger is back with the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts put Avery on re-entry waivers at the beginning of the week only to watch Avery go unclaimed by the rest of the National Hockey League. Avery is eligible to play in Thursday’s game against the [...]
This is a little sad. Looks as though Sean Avery will be put through reentry waivers today, which would allow him to play in the Rangers Thursday night affair when they host the Anaheim Ducks. Has it come to this for New York? The Rangers have had a bad start, at least by the lofty expectations that they head entering the season. They currently sit 3-3-3, but if not for some early...
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post, The stage is set for Sean Avery’s return to the Rangers this afternoon via re-entry, but The Post has been told Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has been coy concerning the possibility of claiming the winger on waivers.
It’s a long shot, given the combination of Avery’s stated desire of playing only for the Rangers and the enemies he...
… in all honesty there is no reason to change the lineup after the way they played against San Jose and even Sean Avery knows that. I would rather have a fresh Avery in against a smaller, faster Montreal team than against Anaheim on Thursday.
Well, he’s back. After a one month stint in the AHL, Sean Avery has been re-called to the New York Rangers and Avery Nation couldn’t be any happier. Ever since word came down that the Rangers were thinking about re-calling Avery from the AHL, I all of a sudden felt like Shelley Duvall in “The [...]
Sean Avery cleared re-entry waivers on Tuesday and might be back in the New York Rangers' lineup Thursday night.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Sean Avery could rejoin the New York Rangers a lot sooner than expected after being placed on re-entry waivers by the team that has missed his grit early this season.
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For all the hullaballoo about Sean Avery descending to the AHL, the Connecticut Whale didn't even get a single home game with him on the roster before he was brought back to the New York Rangers through re-entry waivers. Which has to be the most depressing thing to happen to Hartford since ... well, we simply don't have the time ...
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The stage is set for Sean Avery’s return to the Rangers after the winger cleared re-entry waivers.
When he will play for them again is unknown.
Coach John Tortorella said Tuesday he is hopeful Avery can bring energy to the Rangers but gave no guarantees about the winger's...
Sean Avery could be heading back to New York while Niklas Kronwall is staying in Detroit for seven more years. (NBC Sports)
John Tortorella yesterday endorsed the Rangers' move to reinstate Sean Avery, the coach stating before last night's 5-2 Garden victory over the Sharks, "It's the right decision."
Of course after the game, Tortorella would not guarantee Avery a spot in the lineup Thursday against the Ducks even if...
Leading up to the Rangers/Sharks game Monday night, there had been a huge divide between Rangers fans on recalling Sean Avery. You had the one side that felt his antics have become tiresome, while the his cult-like followers felt he will add a much needed spark to a lifeless Rangers squad. Full disclosure, I am a card carrying member of the #AveryArmy.Most of the Avery fans solely...