Greetings from Newark, where Barry Melrose be damned, I arrived without incident.
The Prudential Center is an impressive structure, although truth be told, I haven’t seen much of it. Or at least much of the inside. In typical clueless Weinman fashion, I circled the arena about four different times before finding the right entrance.
At one point I walked in a door with Rangers massage therapist Bruce “The Masseuse” Lifrieri and video analyst Jerry Dineen. Thinking I was with them, the guard just motioned me through, but in a foolish moment of honesty, I asked the guard, “Is this where you pick up credentials?”
And with that, the guard pushed me out the door and rerouted me around the building.
Like I said, clueless.
Meanwhile, big doings here: Gomez returning to Jersey, Brodeur going for 500, and Sean Avery being Sean Avery. The wing spoke to reporters at the skate this morning and repeated that he didn’t cross any lines in his confrontations with the Maple Leafs, but also implied Colin Campbell got their message across to him yesterday. We’ll see soon enough, seeing how he and Brodeur, and David Clarkson for that matter, aren’t exactly the best of friends.
More on all that, and the building itself, in a bit….