The Stars are expected to assign Sean Avery to an AHL affiliate on Tuesday.
Avery cleared waivers on Monday (meaning no team wanted him at his full salary).
Stars co-GM Les Jackson said there was much discussion about the team's options with Avery _ the winger who will not return to the Stars after a six-game suspension in December and after coaches and players expressed their feelings that the team would be better off without the agitator. Jackson said he did not want to reveal his decision on the assignment until Tuesday.
The NY Rangers are interested in acquiring Avery through recall waivers (at half price) and have offered their affiliate in Hartford as a docking place for Avery before the Stars recall him in hopes of cutting ties . However, Avery's agent Pat Morris was on the Fan 590 radio station in Toronto on Monday and said he felt Jackson was studying several options.
``Les Jackson has indicated to me that there is the possibility of another (AHL) team. I will keep that private at the moment,'' Morris said. ``But, at the same time, it seems logical for him to end up in Hartford. They know him best, they know the good and the bad.''
Morris also said he has talked to four NHL teams about Avery. If Avery is placed on recall waivers, any NHL team can put a claim in on him and get him for half of his remaining contract (he signed for four years and $15.5 million in the summer). The claiming team with the worst record at the time Avery was placed on recall waivers would then get Avery.
The Rangers currently rank 10th in points percentage, so that means there are potentially 19 teams that could undercut them and take Avery.
It seems clear that Avery's preference is to play for the Rangers.