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Rangers could have Avery back in lineup this week @NHL

NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Avery could rejoin the New York Rangers a lot sooner than expected after being placed on re-entry waivers by the team that has missed his grit early this season.

Avery, banished to Connecticut of the AHL before the Rangers opened the season in Sweden, could be in New York's lineup as soon as Thursday against Anaheim. He was placed on re-entry waivers on Monday by the Rangers, who are trying to recall him. Any NHL team has until noon on Tuesday to make a claim on the noted agitator and assume a portion of his contract.

Avery's deal is already being split between the Rangers and the Dallas Stars. New York re-acquired Avery in March 2009 on re-entry waivers following the forward's highly publicized fallout with the Stars.

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