NEW YORK (WFAN) – Sean Avery has retired, or at least for the time being.

The former New York Rangers forward and fan favorite that played a vital role as the team’s feisty agitator announced his retirement Monday night on an after-show segment of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”

“I am officially retired,” Avery told host Andy Cohen. “I threw my skates in the Hudson (River).”

His agent, Pat Morris, insists Avery has no plans to file retirement papers with the NHLPA and that he was merely “having a laugh.”

However, it seems that Avery has other plans regarding his hockey career. According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Avery’s stated “No, that wasn’t a joke, yes I’m retiring at end of season and its OK.”

Avery’s contract, with which he signed with Dallas in 2008, is set to expire this summer, thus making him a free agent.

Avery has played only 15 games this season with the Rangers, netting three goals. He was demoted to their AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, for the second time on Dec. 31 and has two goals in only 7 games played thus far this season. He last played for them on Jan 27th but was told last week he no longer needed to report to practices or games.

Whether he decides to return to the NHL or not, it’ll be interesting to see what’s in store next for the ever-colorful agitator.

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