As of noon on Tuesday, super-pest Sean Avery was no longer a New York Ranger. That means there are 29 other teams in the league that could be interested in pursuing him for his services. The NHL is a competitive place, and no one would be totally shocked to see Avery in another uniform within the next few weeks.
When he feels like it he is one of the most talented (I know, I know...my fingers locked up when I was typing that) agitators in the league. Key words being when he feels like it. Because typically what Avery feels like doing is being an attention-hogging, locker-room cancer.
So why would any team take a chance on him?
The same reason LA, Dallas and New York did after he bombed out in Detroit (thank the hockey Gods). There is always hope that, for whatever reason, Avery will get his head screwed on tight enough to just shut up, suit up and play hockey.
Some people question Avery's will and desire to play the game at all. He seems pretty wrapped up in the fashion scene in New York, has internships in that industry and has even become a bit vocal over political issues such as gay marriage.
This is all assuming that he has an interest in continuing his career elsewhere.
So where could the enigmatic Avery land? Here are four teams that could pitch him a one-year, don't-mess-this-up offer.