I don’t know what Sam’s golf obligations are today (by “golf” do you think he meant “sore back”?) but he missed a bit of news. Sean Avery will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on the sore wrist that has hampered him all season and he will miss an indefinite amount of time.
Avery skated through a portion of practice today but didn’t arrive until about halfway through. He said the doctors were still looking at results of his CAT scan and MRI and he wanted to keep sharp in case he didn’t need the surgery. Around noon, Avery met with Tom Renney near center ice and they chatted for a couple minutes. From what Renney told me after practice, I get the idea Avery was petitioning his coach to allow him to play against the Islanders and have the surgery on Friday (Avery alluded to a Friday surgery after practice). Obviously, everyone decided it was within the club’s best interest to have the surgery as soon as possible.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of those things you just have to deal with,” Avery said. “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just sorry for everyone who has to be around me.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were going to look at doing it Friday, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably just better that I get it down now and not go out tomorrow and get in a fight.Ã¢â‚¬?
To get an idea as to how long he may be out, a few of us talked to Paul Mara, who said he had a similar procedure in May 2002. Mara said it was minimally invasive, and that he returned to working out two weeks later. Now…Mara’s surgery came after the season, so if you want to concede that Avery may need a little more time to recover than let’s say he’ll probably be out anywhere from 2-4 weeks. (Disclaimer: I’m no doctor, so that’s just an estimate.)
Renney said he’s not sure what this means for the lineup yet. Today he tried Hossa alongside Gomez and Shanny but he said that isn’t set in stone.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not real firm on that just yet. I think we have some interchangeable parts there,” Renney said. “Marcel has shown an ability to play with different people, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s certainly an option.Ã¢â‚¬?
Renney also said bringing someone up from the farm was a possibility. Someone asked about Nigel Dawes and the coach continued the sentence: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Amongst others, as a matter of fact. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking about that.Ã¢â‚¬?
Someone wanted me to ask about the PP in regards to Petr Prucha. It looks like someone’s been reading your comments!…Seriously though, Prucha skated on the top PP unit at practice, which was heavily devoted to working on the PP and on how to cash in rebounds. (More on that later.) The line was Prucha, Drury, and Jagr.
And while we’re here, the regular lines were:
Looks like Callahan may play tomorrow. Renney said he will be taken off IR, and they’ll decide the lineup tomorrow.
I told Callahan that it looked good for him because he skated with his usual group today. He smiled as if to say, “Yeah, it does look pretty good.”
And now Ã¢â‚¬â€ after this monumental blog post during Sam’s convalescence Ã¢â‚¬â€ I get to the rebound story. … The Rangers used a new device today at practice. It looked like a block of wood about six inches high and two or three feet wide, but the puck bounced off the face of it like it was plexiglass. A coach would fire a puck off the face of it, and a player would try to grab the rebound and roof it over the board.
Interesting stuff. I thought you guys would like that.
I’ll add a few Avery quotes in a bit. Happy Wednesday…