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Avery back with Rangers after waiver claim @NHL

NEW YORK (AP) -Bad boy Sean Avery is back with the Rangers.

New York claimed the controversial forward off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Avery has spent the past month with the Rangers' Hartford AHL affiliate while remaining property of the Stars.

He hasn't played in the NHL since he was suspended in December for making a crude remark about other hockey players dating his former girlfriends. He served a six-game ban and completed treatment in a league counseling program. The Stars made it clear he would never play for them again.

The Rangers appeared to be the only team interested in acquiring Avery. He could be in the lineup as soon as Thursday on the road against the New York Islanders.

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