When the New York Rangers waived forward Sean Avery last week speculation and rumors ran rampant as to whether he would report to the Connecticut Whale (AHL) or explore other options. Today Avery answered the questions and end the rumors by reporting to the Whale. While Avery might have had options overseas or outside of the hockey world, this is his only option if he wants to get back to the NHL.
With Avery officially reporting the Rangers have most of his $1.9375 million cap hit off their cap and creates extra flexibility if the team wants to make a bigger move. Whether the Rangers use that space to make a move to add significant salary likely depends on the long-term status of Marc Staal and whether they need a legitimate top 4 defender as opposed to additions like Jeff Woywitka.