There were multiple reports Tuesday the bad-boy forward was retiring after comments he made to a television talk-show host.
Appearing on Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live," on Monday night, Avery was asked about his hockey future and responded he was done with the game.
"I am officially retired,'' he was quoted as saying. "I threw my skates in the Hudson."
However, Avery's agent dispelled the retirement talk, saying his client was joking and Avery has no desire to retire.
The agent added Avery's future plans will be determined by interest this summer or early next season.
It has been a season to forget for Avery, a 31-year-old Toronto native. He had three goals in 15 games with the New York Rangers, who waived him twice this season with no teams picking him up.
Avery, 31, appeared in seven games for the AHL's Connecticut Whale, the Rangers' minor-league affiliate. Avery was told last week he wouldn't be on the club's post-season roster and no longer needed to report to the rink for practice or games.
Avery last played for the Whale on Jan. 27 and is in the final year of a US$15.5-million, four-year contract.
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