As expected, Avery's stay in Connecticut is hardly quiet. On January 12, 2012, the New York Post reports that Rangers GM Glen Sather had turned down a request by two unnamed NHL teams to put the agitator on re-entry waivers and asked instead for a money-saving minor league trade. On January 13, in-limbo Avery is scratched from the Whale's lineup for a game against Norfolk. Deadspin.com reports that Twitter rumors have it that he had spit on coach Ken Gernander. The Rangers deny the rumors and reports surface that Avery had violated a team dress code by showing up in jeans and sneakers when a suit and tie was required.