This is the second time this season Avery has been on waivers. He cleared the wire and was sent to the American Hockey League earlier in the year, where he played two games. The team called him up following an injury to Mike Rupp, and he even cleared re-entry waivers, where he was available to the other 29 clubs at half price.
But now that Rupp is back from his injury, Avery is a disposable piece. He hasn't played since December 10, and in his 15 total games with the NHL club this season, Avery has just three points. He's not been an impact player for the team like he has been in the past, and he's clearly fallen out of favor with John Tortorella.
The only unfortunate part is that he won't be involved in the Winter Classic festivities, and with his personality, that could've been pretty darn entertaining. Then again, there is the chance that he could clear waivers and still be a member of the Rangers come Monday. Or, the Flyers could claim him for laughs.
For more on this year's game, head over to SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. For everything Winter Classic in the build-up to the game, head over to our NHL Winter Classic StoryStream.