Times Colonist

Avery returns to Rangers

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Sean Avery, one of the NHL’S better agitators, could be back in the New York Rangers’ lineup Thursday, after he cleared re-entry waivers on Tuesday.

Avery, 31, was cut by the Rangers during training camp and sent to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Connecticu­t. He was available to be claimed by any of the NHL’S other 29 teams on Tuesday, but none chose to pick up the winger. Avery is in the final year of a four-year, $15.5-million deal he signed with the Dallas Stars in 2008.

The Stars are still paying half of Avery’s $4-million salary this season, so any team claiming him would have been on the hook for about $1 million.

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