That's what I'm hearing and that The Post, which has the best ties to Avery in the biz, is confirming. Have to say I'm rather surprised, unless GM Glen Sather is behind this, thinking that the 3-3-3 team needs a spark. And he overruled the coach, who has had his differences with the shift-disturber.
Or, does Slats believe there is a taker?
If there is a team out there that wants The Grate One, a scenario I consider unlikely, the Rangers would only be on the hook for a quarter of his pro-rated salary.
Otherwise, Avery's prorated $1.9 million goes back on the cap. Space is available. Tim Erixon's $1.75 million is down in the AHL. And Erik Christensen hasn't been worth his $900,000.
Avery himself said that he doubted he would be back with the team.
Three of Avery's closest friends on the team (Lundqvist---and business partner--- Richards, Gaborik) have been among the best players through nine games, so they haven't been affected by his absence.
If Avery is on his game, he can be effective. But he also can irritate his own teammates. I really thought he was done here unless he was spectacular in the A, but it appears that No. 16 could be back far sooner than expected---if 29 teams pass.