March 13, 2012
Avery hanging up his skates
By QMI Agency
Unwanted forward Sean Avery, recently cut loose by the New York Rangers, says he has retired.
The controversial 31-year-old told Bravo TV host Andy Cohen during an appearance on 'Watch What Happens Live' Monday that he had retired and "threw my skates in the Hudson (River)."
Not so fast, Avery's agent says. His client was "not serious," Pat Morris told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday.
Wait, maybe he wasn't kidding.
Avery told the New York Post, "No, that wasn't a joke; yes I'm retiring at the end of the season, and it's OK. I guess that was my retirement press conference." He added that he was taking a post-hockey gig with an advertising agency.
Avery then followed that statement up by telling ESPNNewYork.com he won't make it his retirement official until after his four-year, $15.5 million contract expires at the end of this season.
Leave it to Avery, one of the most reviled and polarizing players in recent NHL history, to muddy up the waters about his own retirement.
If he has retired, though, his final season was filled with much of the same controversy as the rest of his 10-year career. He spent most of this season with Connecticut of the AHL after being waived -- twice -- by the Rangers but the minor-league team didn't include him on its post-season roster and told him he was no longer required to show up for practices.
In 580 NHL games with four franchises -- New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Detroit -- Avery had 90 goals and 157 assists.