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Report: Rangers' forward Avery retiring?

Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 11:15 AM / News

NHL.com



Is Sean Avery done with hockey?

The controversial forward told a live viewing audience during the online "After Show" segment of Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live", that he was calling it quits.

Avery's announcement came after the show's host, Andy Cohen, posed a viewer question to him regarding his future.

"Sean, what are your thoughts about your hockey future?" Cohen asked Avery.

The 31-year-old Avery lounged back in his chair and said: "I am officially retired; I threw my skates in the Hudson [River]."

ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang tweeted on Tuesday that Avery's agent, Pat Morris, said his comments were "not serious."

However, Larry Brooks tweeted that Avery told the New York Post, "No joke, I'm retiring."

Sean Avery
Left Wing - NYR
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 3
SOG: 15 | +/-: 2
It's been a tumultuous past season for Avery spent with the New York Rangers and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. After being waived by the Rangers earlier this season, Avery was assigned to the Whale before re-joining New York on Nov. 5. In 15 games with the Rangers this season, Avery scored 3 goals and registered 21 penalty minutes. As a member of the Whale he scored 2 goals and had 1 assist to go with 39 PIMs in seven games, though he was also a healthy scratch for several games with the team.

Avery last played for the Whale on Jan. 27 and was not on the team's clear-day roster, making him ineligible for the AHL postseason. He has been told he no longer needs to report to the team.

In 580 games across parts of 10 seasons with New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Detroit, Avery has 90 goals and 157 assists to go with 1,533 PIMs. His most productive season came in 2006-07 when he totaled 18 goals, 48 points and 174 penalty minutes in 84 games split between the Kings and Rangers.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round