New York Rangers Cut Ties with Sean Avery

Rob WatersCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 06:  Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers celebrates a goal that was called back against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on March 6, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers have officially cut all ties with Sean Avery from their organization, according to NHL.com and ESPNNewYork.com’s Katie Strang.

Avery was informed yesterday that he has been cut from the AHL Connecticut Whale’s postseason roster, and is no longer required (or expected) to attend practices or games. He has for all intents and purposes been cut from the organization entirely at this point.

Avery declined to comment according to Strang’s report.

Things were not easy this season for Avery. He was waived twice by the Rangers and was eventually sent indefinitely to the Whale. Nevertheless, he was a healthy scratch since Jan. 27 for the Whale—effectively cut from the roster back then.

Avery is in the final year of a $15.5 million, four-year contract.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong for Avery, but now it is clear that his days (or chances) as a member of the New York Rangers franchise are completely over.

It will be interesting to see if Avery returns to the NHL next season, heads east for the KHL or simply retires.

There’s no doubt that whatever he intends to do, controversy will not be far behind.