The Rangers have indeed acquired left wing Sean Avery and a prospect from L.A. in exchange for Jason Ward and prospects Marc Andre Cliche and Jan Marek.
A few immediate reactions:
As for real hockey ramifications, this obviously shows the Rangers have no interest in being sellers just yet. It sounds like Cliche is the real loss here, and depending on who you talk to, Avery will either be a breath of life in the dressing room, or a source of unrest.
Though listed as a center, Avery has actually played mostly wing this season. He has 10 goals and 18 assists in 55 games so far, along with 116 penalty minutes. He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
I’ll pass along more when I have it…