Sean Avery was not only the clear standout in this morning’s scrimmage — scoring two penalty shot goals, and assisting on a Chris Drury goal — he’s now saying all the right things as well.
A lot of this you probably expected: that he has high expectations of himself after the success of last year; that he’s put the animosity of his summer arbitration hearing behind him; and that it’s up to him to offer a spark alongside linemates Brendan Shanahan and Chris Drury.
My personal favorite, though, was Avery talking about his reputation in the press, and how most of the national hockey media is clueless when it comes to him (he actually said the Canadian press is “not very smart”, which was a bit strong). Then he said that he really only has to answer to us — meaning the media that covers the Rangers. It was a nice touch, although I’d like to hear him take it a step further and say he really only has to answer to me.
Somehow I don’t see this happening.
Anyway, listen for yourself below. Another interesting part is Avery talking about the importance of this year because he’s an unrestricted free agent at year’s end. He was then asked whether he’d consider signing a long-term deal sometime in mid-season, but Avery sounded like it wasn’t in his best interest.[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/avery0915.mp3]
*Update, 7:35 p.m.:* It wasn’t until some of you mentioned it that I realized the Avery interview was cut off. Here’s the last part below. And apologies are in order. He referred to the Canadian press as “not very smart,” not “stupid,” as I originally said. This is what happens when you don’t go through your own notes more closely.[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/avery20915.mp3]
Unfortunately I can’t provide a visual, which was Avery talking with ice packs around each of his wrists, and his new mohawk haircut.