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Rangers waive Avery, lose Weise to Canucks

by Dan Rosen /
STOCKHOLM -- Who knew that an arrival to a new city would be met with breaking news.

Not long after we touched down in Stockholm, Larry Brooks of the New York Post tweeted that Sean Avery was going to be placed on waivers at noon ET today. The news spread quickly, and a Rangers representative confirmed it to me shortly after it happened officially.

I wrote all about Avery and waivers in this story, but the gist of it is that he will be on waivers for 24 hours and can be claimed. If he is, the Rangers will be off the hook from paying him the $1,937,500 they owe him for the season.

If Avery goes unclaimed, the Rangers likely will assign him to Connecticut of the AHL. They would still have to pay him, but they would no longer have his salary cap hit.

Avery's agent, Pat Morris, told and The Sporting News that the 31-year-old left wing's future could be in Europe.

We'll see on that.

If that wasn't enough, Dale Weise, who had a strong camp but was cut and placed on waivers Saturday, was claimed by Vancouver on Tuesday. Weise could get an opportunity to play with the Canucks early this season due to injuries to Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler.

Weise is a tough loss for the Rangers in terms of depth. He would have started the season in Connecticut, but also could have been one of the first forwards called up. Kris Newbury, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Bourque and John Mitchell also were cut Saturday.

Also, defensemen Stu Bickel and Brendan Bell were also put on waivers today.

That's a good sign that Michael Sauer is healthy and ready to go Friday, but if Bickel and Bell get claimed, the Rangers will have to bring in a new defensemen because Marc Staal is not coming and the only other healthy blueliners here are Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Steve Eminger.

Coach John Tortorella is expected to address the media in the Rangers' hotel lobby sometime this evening. I'll have more later.

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