Pity poor Sean Avery. He was forced to come in and skate on Tuesday when everyone else was lounging in bed on their day off. He says he’s not shaving his beard until he finds a girlfriend (and not just any girlfriend, he said). And as he said, he can’t really give an honest assessment of his shoulder given his unique circumstances.
“It’s tough to say. When you’re Superman, your threshold of pain is a little bit higher,” Avery said. “So how do I gauge it?”
Whether he’s a superhero or just a needed spark at left wing, the Rangers are anxiously awaiting Avery’s return, and it looks like it could come tomorrow against the Capitals. It will be up to trainer Jim Ramsay and the coaching staff to give the final word, and Avery said he’s on board for whatever is decided. Tempering his enthusiasm a little bit was a hit he took from Brandon Dubinsky at the end of practice, which he was still feeling when he walked off the ice.
“I ran at him,” Avery said by way of explanation.
Sore as a result, the Rangers will wait to see if the player is just working his way through scar tissue before giving him the green light. If he does come back, it looks like Avery would play on the left wing with Dubinsky and Petr Prucha, while Nigel Dawes would stay with Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan. These are all hypotheticals, mind you, but Tom Renney’s inclination was to not break up what has been a productive (at least by Rangers standards) second unit.
So, who you ask, would come out as a result….