Avery to retire?

Is Sean Avery's hockey career over?

The polarizing 31-year-old forward said his playing days are done

during a segment of Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" Monday night

and it appears he wasn't joking.

When asked by the show's host Andy Cohen about his future in hockey, Avery said:

"I am officially retired; I threw my skates in the Hudson [River]."

When reached via email Tuesday afternoon, Avery did not dispute the

comments but said he will wait to make an official announcement until

his four-year, $15.5 million contract expires at the end of this

season. Filing official retirement papers with the league beforehand

would mean he'd forfeit the remaining money owed to him on the deal.

And although any chance of the Rangers recalling him remains highly

unlikely, Avery told ESPNNewYork.com he was "still ready to go," in

that event.

This latest saga in Avery's tumultuous tenure on Broadway comes just a

week after he was told by the Rangers he no longer needed to report to

games or practices with the organization's minor-league team in

Hartford. Avery, waived twice by the Rangers this year, last played

for the AHL's Connecticut Whale January 27 and had since been

scratched indefinitely for "disciplinary reasons."

Avery told the New York Post's Larry Brooks Tuesday morning that he

plans on beginning a career in advertising next month.

"No joke, I'm retiring," he said. "Couldn't be happier about the situation."