This is why I’d have a hard time covering the NFL. Because as opposed to the Rangers, who can come right back tonight after Saturday’s debacle, a football schedule means scribes like me would have to come up with a full week’s worth of “what went wrong and what are you going to do about it” stories.
Instead, we have tonight to see how the Rangers respond to the latest in a string of setbacks. I will stop short of making any predictions.
As for news:
Sean Avery was cleared for contact in the skate today, and was subjected to some bumps along the boards from Brandon Dubinsky. Later came more sprints under the supervision of Perry Pearn. Fittingly, Adam Graves was one of the people watching Avery skate, and the former 50-goal scorer was noting how the Rangers needed Avery’s fire back in the lineup. “He has an effect on both the team he’s on and the team he’s playing.” Funny, I thought while Graves was saying this to me, the Rangers used to have another guy like that…
Meanwhile, the more likely return date for Avery is still Saturday, but as Tom Renney said, “I don’t have Thursday circled, but he probably has it circled in felt pen.” In other words, Avery could make a case to return against the Caps.
Alas, the Dave Scatchard Era is over before it started, so cancel your jersey orders. The Rangers passed on offering the center a contract after he went down with a groin injury after just one game in Hartford. Turns out the jump from practices with University of British Columbia was bigger than he thought.
Tampa Bay’s standout defenseman Dan Boyle could return tonight after “missing the first part of the season with a left wrist injury”:http://www2.tbo.com/content/2007/oct/22/sp-boyle-ready-to-get-back-in-game/?sports-lightning. The defenseman, who Renney coached in the World Championships a few years back, is a free agent at the end of the season, something the coach readily noted.