Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting today that the New York Rangers could be interested in a Sean Avery return to his former team.
GM Glen Sather, who accompanied the Rangers to Dallas for tonight's game, is expected to speak to Stars' co-GM Les Jackson today about a timetable under which Dallas would put Avery on waivers and then, presuming that he clears, assign him to the Wolf Pack.
Before accepting Avery in Hartford on waivers, Sather will need to reach an agreement with Jackson about the Stars then placing the winger on re-entry waivers at the Rangers' request. That would be the final stage of the three-step process under which the Blueshirts would re-acquire Avery for one-half of the remainder of the four-year, $15.5 million contract he signed with Dallas in July.
The deal makes sense for both sides. The Rangers need some energy in their lineup and the Stars need a way to dump some of Avery's salary. If the Stars are unable to find a trade partner for Avery then the team would most likely buy out his contract this summer. If the Stars make this deal with NY then they would save about $3 million.
My only concern is actually seeing Avery in a Hartford Wolfpack sweater. I have been a season ticket holder in the past for Wolfpack games and havealways enjoyed my experiences watching them play. It will be interesting to see how the family friendly atmosphere in Hartford accepts seeing Avery play for the team for a few games.