NHL Notes: Rangers cut Avery loose

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Hey, Sean Avery, don't go away mad. Just go away.

The Connecticut Whale of the AHL, the minor-league affiliate of the New York Rangers, has reportedly washed its hands of the 31-year-old forward. Avery was told earlier this week that he won't be on the Whale's post-season roster and he no longer needs to show up at the arena for games or practices, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Avery, who has two goals and one assist in seven games with the Whale, hasn't played for Connecticut since Jan. 27. He's been a healthy scratch since then.

Now in the final year of a $15.5 million, four-year contract, Avery was waived twice by the Rangers this season. He was sent to the minors, for good apparently, just before the Rangers played the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

GARON GONZO

The Tampa Bay Lightning's already-slim chances of making the playoffs took a hit with news that goaltender Mathieu Garon will miss at least three weeks with a slight groin tear.

Garon was hurt Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators after stretching to make a save less than four minutes in. He was replaced by Dwayne Roloson, who allowed five goals on 30 shots.

Roloson has struggled badly this season, going 8-13-2 with a 3.82 goals-against average and .878 save percentage. The Lightning called up Dustin Tokarski from Norfolk of the AHL to take Garon's spot on the roster.

Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier, out with a broken bone in his right hand, is "not ready at all," according to coach Guy Boucher, and will still miss significant time. Defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron was expected to have back surgery in New York on Wednesday.

TURCO IN CLEAR

Goalie Marty Turco skated with the Boston Bruins after clearing waivers Wednesday.

The Bruins signed Turco, a free agent, to a one-year deal Monday but he needed to pass through waivers before joining the team.

Turco was brought in after Tuukka Rask went down with an abdomen/groin injury that will keep him out of action for four to six weeks. Because he was signed so late, Turco isn't eligible to play in the post-season.

In 10 years with Dallas and Chicago, Turco racked up 273 wins. He played briefly earlier this season with Salzburg of the Austrian league.

LUPUL LOOPED OUT

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is out 3-4 weeks with a separated shouled.

Lupul was hurt Tuesday when he was hit hard into the boards by Boston Bruins forward David Krejci. Lupul, the Leafs' second-leading scorer with 25 goals and 42 assists, was forced to leave the game.

Leafs' forward Colby Armstrong missed Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh due to a broken nose suffered in a fight with Boston's Dennis Seidenberg. He is listed as day-to-day.

With two forwards out of the lineup, the Leafs called up recently acquired Carter Ashton from Toronto of the AHL. The Leafs got Ashton in the deal that sent Keith Aulie to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

BRIEFLY

The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be without forwards Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek for Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers. Both were hurt in a win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday ... Detroit's Nicklas Kronwall won't be suspended or fined for his huge hit on Voracek, a borderline check in open ice that left the Flyers forward bloodied ... Washington Capitals defenceman Dmitry Orlov and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner won't be punished further for their actions in Tuesday's game. Orlov got away with shoving linesman Jean Morin -- he was given a 10-minute misconduct, not ejected -- while Skinner avoided a suspension or fine for a slew-foot ... And, finally, Nashville Predators disturber Jordin Tootoo won't be punished further for shoving linesman Pierre Champoux during Tuesday's game against the L.A. Kings. Tootoo was given a 10-minute misconduct for the incident, which came during an altercation with Kings defenceman Matt Greene.


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