Avery's three-week stint in the AHL does not sit well with Rangers fans, who chant his name at the team's home opener on Oct. 27, 2011 and unfurl a banner expressing the sentiment that coach Tortorella is the one who belongs on the Whale. On Nov. 2, the fans get their wish -- well, partly -- when forward Mike Rupp's knee injury necessitates the agitator's recall. Avery is a healthy scratch for his first game back and plays sparingly in his season debut on Nov. 5 -- a win over Montreal -- and in the Rangers' next game, on Nov. 9 in Ottawa, where he engages in a Three Stooges-esque woo-woo-woo arf-arf-arf why-you take-that-porcupine! tussle with Senators enforcer Zenon Konopka, with whom he had exchanged greetings during warmups. Alas, Avery's stay only lasts until Dec. 30, when he is waived again after sitting out nine consecutive games.