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Avery clears waivers, could play in AHL

The door is open for one-time Dallas Stars left-winger Sean Avery to join the New York Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate after he passed through NHL waivers on Monday.

Rangers reportedly would welcome back left-winger after stint in Hartford

From Dallas to anger management counselling to Hartford of the American Hockey League?

The door is open for left-winger Sean Avery to join the New York Rangers' affiliate after he passed through NHL waivers on Monday.

A New York Post report on Friday suggested the Rangers might be interested in welcoming back Avery, who spent the past two months in a league-mandated counselling program after making vulgar comments in December.

The Stars don't have an AHL team and will have to find somewhere for him to play.

Dallas has already said the 28-year-old has played his final game for the team.

Avery's route back to the NHL is most likely through re-entry waivers after a stint in the AHL. At that time, any of the NHL's 30 teams could put in a claim at half the player's remaining salary.

Avery signed a four-year contract worth $15.5 million US with the Stars last summer and played just 23 games for the team.

The Stars have thrived since Avery's departure, compiling a 18-8-3 record without him, moving from last place in the Western Conference to fifth entering play Monday.

Avery has played for Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Dallas during his career.

He wore out his welcome with both the Kings and Stars, and will be under a fair bit of scrutiny wherever he ends up.