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The Rangers' Sean Avery bumps Devils goalie Johan Hedberg during a preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Sept. 25, 2010)

Sean Avery

The Rangers claimed abrasive forward Sean Avery off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars on Mar. 3, 2009.
Sean Avery's career stats and bio information

New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16)
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New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) skates during the first period against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 17, 2010)

New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (right)
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New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (right) watches the game action between the Nets and Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Nets 111-100. (Nov. 30, 2010)

The Rangers' Sean Avery checks Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby
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The Rangers' Sean Avery checks Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby during their game at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 29, 2010)

Rangers winger Sean Avery and Oilers defenseman Ladislav
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Rangers winger Sean Avery and Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid fight during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 14, 2010)

New York Rangers' Sean Avery, left, checks New
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New York Rangers' Sean Avery, left, checks New Jersey Devils' Matt Taormina during the first period of an NHL hockey game. (Nov. 5, 2010)

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Sean Avery waits for a faceoff against the
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Sean Avery waits for a faceoff against the Devils at Madison Square Garden. (Oct. 25, 2010)

New York Rangers' Derek Stepan (21) and Sean
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New York Rangers' Derek Stepan (21) and Sean Avery, right celebrate Michal Rozsival (33) goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the first period. (Oct. 15, 2010)

The Rangers' Sean Avery, left, Derek Stepan, center,
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The Rangers' Sean Avery, left, Derek Stepan, center, and Marian Gaborik celebrate Stepan's first NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres. (Oct. 9, 2010)

Rangers winger Sean Avery collides with San Jose
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Rangers winger Sean Avery collides with San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. (Oct. 19, 2009)

Rangers winger Sean Avery during a game against
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Rangers winger Sean Avery during a game against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. (Mar. 18, 2010)

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Sean Avery of the Rangers talks to David
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Sean Avery of the Rangers talks to David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils. (Mar. 25, 2010)

Rangers left wing Sean Avery controls the puck
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Rangers left wing Sean Avery controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. (Oct. 18, 2010)

Rangers left wing Sean Avery reacts after being
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Rangers left wing Sean Avery reacts after being called for a penalty against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Oct. 15, 2010)

The Rangers' Sean Avery celebrates after scoring against
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The Rangers' Sean Avery celebrates after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game. (Sept. 29, 2010)

The Rangers' Sean Avery bumps Devils goalie Johan
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The Rangers' Sean Avery bumps Devils goalie Johan Hedberg during a preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Sept. 25, 2010)

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Sean Avery of the Rangers talks to David
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Sean Avery of the Rangers talks to David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils. (Mar. 25, 2010)

St. Louis defenseman Eric Brewer, left, bumps the
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St. Louis defenseman Eric Brewer, left, bumps the Rangers' Sean Avery as they battle for position in front of the Blues' net. (March 18, 2010)

Rangers winger Sean Avery during a game against
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Rangers winger Sean Avery during a game against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. (Mar. 18, 2010)

Rangers winger Sean Avery collides with San Jose
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Rangers winger Sean Avery collides with San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. (Oct. 19, 2009)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11: Sean Avery #16
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 11: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers contests the puck with George Parros #16 of the Anaheim Ducks during their game on October 11, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Rangers winger Sean Avery fights off a check
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Rangers winger Sean Avery fights off a check from the Capitals' Brian Pothier during the 2009 playoffs.

Sean Avery

Sean Avery

Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers
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Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers takes a penalty in the second period against the Washington Capitals during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

Sean Avery of the New York Rangers celebrates
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Sean Avery of the New York Rangers celebrates his second goal.

Sean Avery of the New York Rangers acknowledges
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Sean Avery of the New York Rangers acknowledges the crowd after being named first star of the game.