Rangers accept Avery ruling
The New York Rangers signed Sean Avery on Wednesday after the forward was awarded a $1.9-million (U.S.), one-year deal in salary arbitration.
Avery, 27, had a career-high 48 points (18-30) and added 174 penalty minutes in 84 games with Los Angeles and the Rangers. The Pickering, Ont., native earned $1.1 million last season.
Me, I think the contract fits. Certainly, Avery proved his could be quite valuable over a short stint to end the season, and if he can play like that over a sustained period, he'll have a far bigger salary next season. If I'm his agent, I'd advise Avery to keep the needless penalties and off-ice shenanigans to a minimum, pot more than 50 points, and reap the rewards next summer.
Although it's debatable whether or not New York can afford him at that point.