The NY Post’s Larry Brooks is reporting once again on the potential fate of everybody’s favorite player to talk about; Sean Avery. According to Brooks, the Rangers are internally discussing whether to place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers. If they choose to do so and he is in fact claimed then the Rangers will be charged with a minimal cap hit, compared to a much larger one that would have resulted in him being claimed on re-entry waivers much earlier in the season.
Brooks notes that players claimed on re-entry waivers after the trading deadline are not allowed to take part in the post-season. Thus, with the trading deadline on Monday (and waivers being 48 hours on weekends) the Rangers will have until Saturday to make a decision.
I know there are going to get all worked up about the Rangers choosing to wait until now to do this when there were reportedly teams willing to claim him on re-entry waivers earlier in the season, but the NHL is a business and Sean Avery doesn’t undermine that. The move, if made earlier in the season, would have severely hindered what moves Sather could make at the deadline whereas this far into this season his cap hit is virtually negligent.
Now, whether Avery will be claimed (if the Rangers do indeed place him on re-entry waivers) is another problem. According to Nick Kypreos the Calgary Flames were one team willing to pick up Avery at half the cost earlier in the season. However, that was then and this is now. Flames GM Jay Feaster is not happy with how this season has gone for the Flames, though, and might be willing to take a risk on Avery and try anything to save a sinking ship.
Ultimately, if the Rangers are even considering this then they probably have some knowledge of a team or two at least considering adding Avery. I think it’s obvious that it’s in everybody’s best interest that Avery gets a chance somewhere else.