Update, 10/5, 12:07 p.m.:
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Avery has cleared waivers.
Larry Brooks adds that Avery will be assigned to AHL Whale but it is not known how much time he has been given by Sather to find alternative plans.
…not a shock here. Avery has pretty much been blackballed in the NHL.
Update, 9:25 p.m.:
Torts full quotes on waiving Avery…
“I think we have better players than Sean Avery, plain and simple,” Tortorella said. “I can dodge it 10 different ways without trying to run Sean over — I thought he had a good camp, but I think the makeup of our team and some of the people we’ve added and some of the youth we’ve added as far as depth put Sean in this spot. I wish him good luck in everything, but we’ve gone by that. I think we’re a better club. The players that are here are better than Sean Avery. They’re more versatile in a lot of different areas.
“I’m trying to do this the right way because I don’t want to keep on shoveling dirt over Sean Avery, but we have better players than Sean Avery right now on the hockey club.”
…geez I’d hate to hear what Torts has to say about someone he is trying to shovel dirt over.
Also on the Avery salary front apparently the information I posted below was incorrect according to the Blue Seat Blogs…
“…if the Rangers put Avery on regular waivers and is claimed by a third team, then team 3 assumes the Rangers’ responsibilities. The Stars and team 3 now split Avery’s salary & cap hit.
If Avery isn’t claimed and clears waivers, but the Rangers later recall him from the minors and another team claims him on the way back up, team 3 splits the cost with the Rangers. Dallas is now off the hook.”
Update, 4:25 p.m.:
Torts on waiving Avery…
“We think we have a better team, and think we have better players than Sean Avery…our depth put Sean in this spot”
Torts on Christensen…
“Erik is a guy who can play PP, help on shootouts…maybe bump him up into top six forward if he can be consistent”
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Quotes via Rangers Twitter account.
…top six forward? Torts has ot be kidding me.
Update, 1:11 p.m.:
If Avery goes unclaimed then the Rangers put him on re-entry waivers at any point and is claimed, Dallas still pays $2 million. Then Rangers and the claiming team would pay $1 million each. (Via Puck Daddy)
Update, 1:02 p.m.:
Torts’ quote on Avery as a TSN commentator after ‘Sloppy Seconds’ incident (via Puck Daddy)…
“He’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed the [Dallas Stars’] organization, he’s embarrassed the League and he’s embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn’t belong in the league.”
…that pretty much says it all.
Update, 12:51 p.m.:
Rangers have also put Brendan Bell and Stu Bickel on waivers.
…i understand that this will allow the Rangers to send them down to the Whale once Staal and Sauer are ready to return, but why chance them being claimed before Friday’s game?
Update, 12:24 p.m.:
Dale Weise was claimed by the Vancouver Canucks today.
Update, 12:22 p.m.:
Avery was officially placed on waivers at noon.
Avery’s agent was told by the Rangers that if he clears he will be sent to the CT Whale.
Update, 12:14 p.m.:
Pat Leonard at The Blueshirts Blog reports that Avery would not comment when he stepped off the bus with his teammates at their hotel in Stockholm at around 11:30 a.m. ET.
TSN reports that the Rangers will be placed on waivers at noon today.
According to his agent Pat Morris, playing in Europe is among the options for his client should he clear waivers.
…wow!!!! I cannot believe this. Christensen showed absolutely nothing these last two games that should give him the job over Avery.
…hate to say it but this is a personal decision by Torts.