In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that the Rangers want Brad Richards to center their number one line.
He writes that to clear cap space the Rangers can buy out Chris Drury and that Sean Avery could be another possibility.
Avery has one year left on his contract,and the buyout costs would be $1.2 million for 2011 and $1.3 million for 2012. Because Avery was picked up on re-entry waivers, the buyout cost would be cut in half and the Rangers would only be on the hook for $604,166 in 2011-12 and $666,666 in 2012-13
The buyout period is between July 15th and July 30th.
We should have a clear indication on the Rangers plans by the middle of June. I think that Avery could be valuable as a fourth liner and spare forward, but his buyout won’t cost that much against the cap, so if the Rangers think that they can bring in another player to take Avery’s spot, they may do it. I wonder where Avery goes if he is bought out, or after next season? Maybe this is the end of his hockey career coming up and he starts to focus on his off-ice interests full time.