Sportsnet has learned the Dallas Stars will place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers as early as Monday.
Avery will play in both AHL Hartford Wolf Pack games this weekend. The New York Rangers have committed to claiming Avery providing he was still available.
In six games with the Wolf Pack, Avery has one goal and one assist.
Avery previously played in New York under coach Tom Renney, who was fired and replaced by John Tortorella on February 23, 2009. In December Tortorella commented on the Avery-Dion Phaneuf controversy while serving as a Canadian television analyst.
Tortorella said: “Enough is enough. He’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed the (Dallas) organization, he’s embarrassed the league and he’s embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn’t belong in the league.”
Rangers GM Glen Sather told the New York Post on Monday of the potential conflict between the new coach and Avery: “He doesn’t have the history with Sean that we do. Over time you learn to love him, just like I do.”
Avery played in 86 games over two seasons with the Rangers, recording 23 goals and 30 assists while amassing 154 penalty minutes.