The New York Rangers have severed ties with veteran winger Sean Avery–again. The 31-year-old Avery was put on waivers this morning by the Rangers, virtually ending his time in New York.
Avery had been battling with Erik Christensen this summer, vying for the final forward slot on the Rangers throughout training camp. From the looks of it, it appeared as if Christensen didn’t deserve to win the position, but the Rangers’ coaching staff must have thought differently.
Avery, who is in the final year of a $4-million contract, was coming off one of his worst seasons as far as offensive production is concerned. The super-pest netted only three goals last season, while only tallying 24 points in 76 games.
Christensen, 27, has the potential to show an offensive flash here and there, although, unlike Avery who is noticeable every time he’s on the ice (for either good or bad reasons), he also has the potential to completely disappear for games at a time.
The major reason for keeping Christensen over Avery, according to head coach John Tortorella, is Christensen’s ability on the shootout, as has been one of the better shooters for the Rangers.
Avery will remain on waivers for 24 hours, should he go unclaimed by another NHL team, the Rangers will most likely send him to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, allowing his remaining cap hit of $1,937,500 to come off their books.