Articles: March 4th

Journal News: Rangers taking a chance by giving Avery a chance

Yesterday, 18 teams beneath the Rangers in the standings could have claimed Avery for half his salary ($1.9 million per for the next three seasons, and a pro-rated portion of that for the remaining 18 games this season). One of those teams was Dallas, which is going to have to pay the other half of what’s left on Avery’s contract.

Newsday: Players and Torts on Avery: ‘We’ll see’

But when Avery’s second engagement on Broadway begins today – in the wake of a league behavioral counseling program and banishment by the Dallas Stars – he will have to adjust to a new, no-nonsense coach, John Tortorella, and a locker room without veterans Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan.

NY Post: RANGERS: NO HARD FEELINGS FOR AVERY

“Sean says a lot of stuff, he always has, but to me, it’s just business,” Valiquette told The Post. “I respect Sean as a player, and if he is able to come in here and help us win, that’s what it’s all about.