Rangers waive controversial F Sean Avery -- again

Saturday December 31st, 2011

The New York Rangers announced have waived forward Sean Avery for the second time this season, The New York Times is reporting. Avery was initially waived in October, but he went unclaimed and rejoined the team.

At the time, coach John Tortorello defended the decision to waive Avery.

“I think we have better players than Sean Avery,” Tortorella said at the time, according to the paper.

But Avery ended up rejoining the team, a move that Tortorella also endorsed.

“This is the right decision," Tortorella told the Times. "It’s the right hockey decision now; it was the right hockey decision when we sent Sean down.”

If Avery remains unclaimed by noon Saturday, he will likely be sent down to the Hartford Whale, the report states.

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