Avery only played two games in the AHL with the Rangers' affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, and both games occurred this past weekend despite Avery being sent down weeks ago. Avery scored an empty net goal to seal a win for the Whale at Adirondack on Friday night, and he also played in the teams 3-2 shootout win at Worcester on Saturday.
A knee injury to Mike Rupp necessitated the call up, but who knows if Avery will actually play for the Rangers. John Tortorella, who said that the team has "better players" than Sean Avery when the Rangers sent him down to the AHL, was non-committal. He only said that he liked the team he has on the ice at present, but that Avery was being called up because he can do a lot of the same things Rupp does.
We'll see come Thursday night if he actually plays for Torts.