Gotta love Sean Avery, who said the above words today when asked about last night’s 3 1/2-hour slugfest at the Mauseleum.
Avery said he didn’t think the craziness meant much because it was a preseason game, but he was heard chirping up in the press box during the game.
“I just wish I was playing,” he said.
When asked why, Avery added: “For obvious reasons.”
And what reasons were those?
“As obvious as reasons can get.”
OK, so I thought you’d all appreciate that. As for practice, Avery was one of only 11 guys on the ice this morning, joining Shanahan, Drury, Betts, Lassard, Roszival, Pock, Staal, Studwick and goalies not named Lundqvist and Montoya.
As for Steve Valiquette, he practiced today after receiving three stitches for a cut in the palm of his left hand. Valiquette suffered the cut on Saturday morning as he tried to cut his knee pads with a pair of scissors. He didn’t wear a pad to protect the hand (just some dressing) and expects to return to action before the preseason is over.
“As long as I can handle Shanahan’s shot, I think I’m O.K.,” he said.
Valiquette told us a funny story. Turns out this was not NEARLY the worst cut he’s ever sustained. When he played for the Islanders organization, he had an unfortunate incident in the locker room in Springfield. He said the room was tiny and it came back to haunt him. After he got out of the shower barefoot, two guys were wrestling nearby bumped into another teammate, who promptly stepped on the top of Valiquette’s foot with his skate. It tore a bunch of tendons, and Ã¢â‚¬â€ worst of all Ã¢â‚¬â€ prevented the Islanders from calling him up for the end of the season. Instead, DiPietro came up from Chicago and made his NHL debut.
“This is nothing,” Valiquette said.
One other quick news item: David Liffiton and Darius Kasparaitis both cleared wavers today. Kaspar was reassigned to Hartford. (Liffiton had already been reassigned there.)