Sean Avery’s alternate careers during his hiatus have included Rangers P.R. man and fan ambassador. Now he appears to dabbling as a medical trainer and even a coach.
While Tom Renney said he had to talk to the medical staff and to assistant coach Perry Pearn before declaring Avery in for tomorrow night against the Devils, Avery was unambiguous: “I’m playing.”
It may be as simple as that. I asked Avery who he’s playing with since it didn’t look completely clear — although most likely he’d be with Petr Prucha and Brandon Dubinsky — and Avery shrugged. “I’m sure they’ll be a happy couple of guys whoever they are, especially against my favorite team. And my buddy Marty.”
To say Avery is itching to play is a dramatic understatement. That said, he enjoyed mingling again with the crowd last night, with one exception: an overserved fan who got in the wing’s face.
Avery’s calmer side prevailed, so there was no incident. Although that at least would have given us something to write about.
Update, 1:30 p.m.: Boy that was quick. Dane Byers was already returned to Hartford. “Wait, can’t I at least stay for lunch? No? Can I get it to go then?”
Update, 1:32 p.m.: Loyal reader JagrGal (I’m pretty sure that’s the name on her birth certificate) passes “along this link”:http://www.tmz.com/2007/11/02/mary-kate-melting-averys-ice/ about Sean Avery’s potential next love interest, none other than Mary-Kate Olsen (I was never much of a “Full House” guy, but I did take a shine to whoever John Stamos’ girlfriend was on that show. I don’t know her name).
As for the Avery rumor, this is nothing more than unconfirmed tabloid gossip. But seeing how this Blog isn’t exactly “The Lehrer Report,” I figured I’d pass it along.