The good news is the Rangers earned back their off day on the merits of what was likely their most encouraging effort of the season: another sound defensive game that finally included some traction at the other end as well.
The bad news is the canceled practice cost Sean Avery a needed day of contact with his teammates, and hurts his chances of coming back Thursday night. And this is bad news for not just Avery: the noted irritant was in overdrive last night, bouncing around the upper reaches of the Garden (as many of you saw) and then pestering his teammates during the post-game media availability.
Usually the way it works is we talk to players first and then a Rangers staffer announces that Tom Renney is making his way down to the interview room for his press conference. Last night we got that announcement again, only this time it was Avery butting into an interview with Brendan Shanahan to give us the word.
Please, someone, get this guy a uniform.
Meanwhile, as hard asÃ‚Â this might to believe, I’mÃ‚Â still not totally sure what Renney’s plans areÃ‚Â for NigelÃ‚Â Dawes, which IÃ‚Â realize sounds pretty ludicrous given the wing’s production of late.Ã‚Â But there is something in the way Renney answered a question last night about Dawes, saying yes, he’s been great, and has provided the Rangers a needed boost, but that he’s still fighting for his job — or something to that extent.
I’m not sure what else the guy can do, although I say that acknowledging that with proven entities like Avery, Martin Straka and even Ryan Callahan eventually making their way back,Ã‚Â finding a place for Dawes to play remains a challenge.
Sure,Ã‚Â play him on the fourth line, you might say. But do you really want Nigel Dawes playing with Colton Orr or Ryan Hollweg? Maybe you do. I’m not sure.Ã‚Â