Rangers claim Avery off waivers from Dallas

avery_200.jpgNew York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Sean Avery off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars.

Sean Avery had been playing for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, when the Blueshirts claimed him off re-entry waivers.

Avery, 28, has skated in 86 career regular season games with the Rangers, collecting 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points, along with 212 penalty minutes. The Rangers were 50-20-16 with him in the lineup, and posted a 9-13-3 record in the 25 games he did not dress. In addition, he has tallied five goals and seven assists for 12 points, along with 33 penalty minutes in 18 career post-season games with the Rangers.

Last season, he skated in 57 games with the Rangers, registering 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points, along with 154 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the team in penalty minutes (154), sixth in plus-minus rating (plus-six) and tied for third in game-winning goals (four). He established a career-high with four game-winning goals.

Avery posted eight multiple-point performances on the season, including three two-goal efforts on February 16, 2008 vs. Buffalo, March 6, 2008 at the New York Islanders and March 18, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. He also recorded eight points in a six-game span from November 6, 2007 at the New York Islanders to November 17, 2007 at Pittsburgh, registering two goals and six assists during the stretch. He posted two “Gordie Howe Hat Tricks” during the season, the fourth and fifth of his career, respectively, on November 10, 2007 at Toronto and February 23, 2008 at Buffalo.

In addition, Avery tallied four goals and three assists for seven points in eight post-season contests with the Rangers. He tied for second on the club in playoff goals (four), and ranked fifth on the team in playoff scoring (seven points).

Avery has appeared in 23 games with the Dallas Stars this season, registering three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with 77 penalty minutes. He tallied four points in two games from October 25 vs. Washington to October 29 vs. Minnesota, recording one goal and three assists over the span. Avery has also skated in eight games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering two goals and one assist for three points, along with eight penalty minutes following his loan to Hartford on Feb. 10.

The 5-10, 195-pounder has appeared in 402 career NHL games with the Rangers, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, and Detroit Red Wings, registering 68 goals and 109 assists for 177 points, along with 1,144 penalty minutes. In 2006-07, Avery established career-highs in games played (84), goals (18), assists (30), points (48), and shots on goal (249).

In addition, he has appeared in 117 career AHL games with Hartford, Cincinnati and Grand Rapids, registering 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points, along with 500 penalty minutes.