NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Avery is back in the American Hockey League.

The New York Rangers assigned the veteran winger to the Connecticut Whale after he cleared waivers Saturday.

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Avery started the season in the AHL before his recall by the Rangers on Nov. 1. He had three goals and 21 penalty minutes in 15 games.

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He hadn’t played in nine straight games before being placed on waivers. Avery is in the final year of a $15.5 million, four-year contract.

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