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FILE: Sean Avery Arrested For Battery Of A Police Officer

Even when Sean Avery isn’t around, the guy manages to be a pest to someone. By accepting his demotion to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale*, the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars’ $1.9 million cap responsibilities dissolve.

That’s great news for the wild-spending Rangers, but the Stars face a serious worry of going below the salary cap floor once Adam Pardy is taken off the injured reserve. The Stars might have to spend more than $1 million merely to plug a salary hole while still paying half of Avery’s salary. Avery’s contract really is the “gift” that keeps giving for the Stars.

Here’s a quick rundown of the other waiver wire moves, via TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

  • The St. Louis Blues must deal with yet another injury to Carlo Colaiacovo, who was placed on the injured reserve. They claimed Taylor Chorney to plug the gap to an extent.
  • The Nashville Predators essentially changed their enforcer today. They claimed Brian McGrattan off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and placed Zach Stortini on waivers as a result.
  • The Minnesota Wild placed Eric Nystrom on re-entry waivers.
  • Three players cleared waivers. Boston Bruins Andrew Bodnarchuk and Josh Hennessey cleared waivers along with Jeff Deslauriers of the Anaheim Ducks.

So that’s it for today’s waiver wire moves.

* – Interestingly enough, Avery and Wade Redden will make more money because they won’t pay escrow in the minors. That must make it at least a bit less soul-crushing to be in that situation, right?

I, like a lot of hockey fans were hoping to see Avery have to find an overseas team to take him but that isn’t the case. The troll will roam around in the AHL and probably will make a lot of enemies there too. Well, one could hope that he does..