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Is Sean Avery Retiring From Hockey?

Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers looks on during warmups

Last night, Sean Avery appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. During the online "After Show," he was asked about his hockey future, and told host Andy Cohen the following: "I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the Hudson." Some audience members laughed. Avery didn't.

Here's video from the segment, featuring Avery and Nicole Richie:

But was Avery serious? SportsNet's Mark Spector asked Avery's agent, Pat Morris, if his client had filed (or intended to file) retirement papers. Morris's answer: "No." The CBC reports that Morris said that no decision has been made on Avery's career, and that his future will be determined by interest this summer, when Avery becomes a free agent.

But Avery tells Larry Brooks that the comment on Cohen's show wasn't a joke, and that he is indeed retiring. "I guess that was my retirement press conference," he said. Avery told Brooks that next month, he'll begin working for an ad agency that has a venture capital wing. He also said he never contemplated playing next season here on in Europe.

That said, Avery told ESPN New York that he's "still ready to go" on the off chance the Rangers want to recall him this season. But considering he was left off the AHL Whale's "Clear Day" list and  was told he no longer needs to report to Connecticut practices or games, that seems pretty unlikely.

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