Sean Avery has been placed on waivers by the Rangers. It’s like the episode of 24 where Kim Bauer went hiking in Los Angeles, got cornered by a cougar and had to be rescued by a hillbilly in a bunker. If she were real, she’d still be dating this jackass.
Will someone pick him up? According to the NY Post it would cost a team $1 million to have Avery for the year. His salary is $4 million: the Rangers would pay $1 mill and the Dallas Stars are still paying $2 mill. That’s right, two teams would pay a combined 75% of Avery’s salary to NOT have him on their rosters. Ask The Situation how it felt when Abercrombie offered to pay him not to wear their clothes.
Avery’s effectiveness as an annoying bastard is undeniable – he rattles other teams – but he draws tons of penalties in the process. To the equation, teams must add the likelihood Sean will do something off the ice that speaks louder than anything he does on it. I just don’t see the point of Sean Avery. I think any number of guys can do what he does (we’ve got “your mama” jokes galore) with a lot less headache.
So with two teams already putting their money where Avery’s mouth is… what happens now?