Sean Avery’s meeting with Colin Campbell was scheduled for late morning, but we still don’t know what the fall-out will be. It would seem unlikely that Avery would be brought to Toronto and not be suspended, and the Rangers are preparing to face the Devils in Newark without him.
With that in mind, consider these curious line combinations from practice today, which featured Scott Gomez centering Chris Drury at left wing and Brendan Shanahan at right wing; Greg Moore between Colton Orr and Ryan Hollweg; and Blair Betts between Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha. The only unchanged combination was the Jaromir Jagr-Brandon Dubinsky-Marcel Hossa unit.
Tom Renney said these lines were by no means in stone, but he moved things around to accomodate Moore, who after starting the season AHL season at wing, has moved to center.
Either way, a lot depends on whether Avery is suspended.
As for the allegations about Avery referring to Jason Blake’s cancer before the game on Saturday, Brendan Shanahan was vehement in saying they were completely false.
More in a bit…