As predicted, it looks like the New York Rangers are the team that just couldn’t help themselves and are about to allow Sean Sloppy Seconds Avery to join their AHL pharm team in Hartford. If Avery in Hartford doesn’t prove that Hartford is ready for an NHL franchise I am not sure what does? I mean, maybe the owners of the LA kings can build a facility for them to play in…. in any event, the Sean Avery of media, Larry Brooks, has it in today’s New York Post that the Rangers are about to have Sean sent to Hartford, assuming no one cliams Avery on the way down. The Rangers would then hope that no one claims him on the way up (anyone below them in the standings anyways) so they could assume his roughly 1.9m contract.
“The Rangers have conducted thorough internal discussions regarding the feasibility of bringing Sean Avery back to Broadway and appear to be on the verge of allowing Dallas to send Hockey’s Public Enemy No. 1 to Hartford in what would be the first step of the process, The New York Post has learned. The organizational meetings included management personnel, coaches and players. They yielded a consensus that Avery’s return to the Rangers is very much worth pursuing and that his injection into the lineup this season would be a constructive move.
GM Glen Sather, who accompanied the Rangers to Dallas for tonight’s game, is expected to speak to Stars’ co-GM Les Jackson today about a timetable under which Dallas would put Avery on waivers and then, presuming that he clears, assign him to the Wolf Pack.
Before accepting Avery in Hartford on waivers, Sather will need to reach an agreement with Jackson about the Stars then placing the winger on re-entry waivers at the Rangers’ request. That would be the final stage of the three-step process under which the Blueshirts would re-acquire Avery for one-half of the remainder of the four-year, $15.5 million contract he signed with Dallas in July. That means the Rangers would be responsible for $1,937,500 in salary and cap charges for the next three seasons, and the pro-rated percentage this year from the date Avery would join the team.”
Wait here is the best part:
“The Post has learned that Avery has been skating on a daily basis for at least a week. While his assignment to Hartford is required for conditioning purposes, Avery’s behavior will also be monitored. Avery played 86 regular-season games for the Rangers. The Rangers were 50-23-13 with him in the lineup, 24-35-9 without him in the lineup from the beginning of 2006-07 through the end of his tenure that came on April 29, Game 3 of the Pittsburgh series that Avery played with a lacerated spleen he sustained early in the game. This year’s Rangers are 29-18-5, but 0-2-1 in their last three games. They are widely perceived as a vanilla team that’s a walk in the park as an opponent. They won’t be either of those things once Avery comes back home again.”
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