The press release listed below comes from the Rangers official web site. It will be interesting to see if Glen Sather is pro-active in returning Avery to the Rangers. There was some talk on the Internet (I think it might have been Steve Zipay of Newsday) that teams like Pittsburgh and Atlanta might be interested in claiming Avery on re-entry waivers. Remember, any team claiming would only be the hook for about $2 million of Avery’s salary (both in paying and in cap hit) while Dallas absorbs the other half.

The pro-active part would see Sather make a deal with a team at the bottom of the standings. Team X would claim Avery and then trade him to the Rangers for a prospect, draft pick or the ever-popular “future considerations” (i.e. cash). Of course, the Rangers would still need to make room for Avery against their salary cap. Given that Petr Prucha is persona non grata, it would follow that he would be one of the players moved – with Aaron Voros as another possibility given his million dollar contract.

Official Statements from Avery, Sather Regarding Avery’s assignment to Hartford of American Hockey League

New York Rangers
Feb 10, 2009, 10:08 AM EST

On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars assigned forward Sean Avery to the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford. The following are statemtents from Avery and Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather:

STATEMENT FROM SEAN AVERY:

“I would like to thank Glen Sather and the Rangers organization for giving me the chance to resume my hockey career by affording me this opportunity with the Hartford Wolf Pack. I am looking forward to getting back on the ice, working my way back to the NHL and playing the game I love. While I appreciate the many interview requests, at this point in time, I would like to focus on hockey and will not be making any further statements while with the Wolf Pack.”

STATEMENT FROM GLEN SATHER:

“Sean and the Dallas Stars approached me looking for an American Hockey League team for him to resume playing, and I am happy to provide him with the opportunity to continue his career. Sean was a good player for the Rangers during his time here and has worked extremely hard off the ice over the last two months. He remains under contract to and property of the Stars, therefore, any further comment would be inappropriate.”

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