Sean Avery made his first appearance back in the Rangers dressing room since his arthroscopic surgery last Thursday, and his ebullient mood was telling.
After pushing himself through off-ice workouts and ribbing Perry Pearn for not calling or texting him after his surgery, Avery, wearing a fairly light wrap around his wrist, said he figured he was only a couple of days away from getting back on the ice.
Then came the disclaimer: He had no idea what he was talking about.
“I’m just completely talking out of my (rear end),” Avery said.
To which, Joe Micheletti responded, “You should be a broadcaster.”
“Or a writer,” Steve Zipay chimed in.
“Right, a great writer,” Avery said. “You took that one away from me.”
Then Avery acknowleged the way the team is playing, there might not be a spot for him in the lineup.
Zipay, clearly on his game after an off day, couldn’t resist. “You’ll like Hartford,” he joked.
Pretty soon Avery was walking away. “You have a better chance of seeing God than seeing me in Hartford.”
As for other updates:
“Well, Jordan’s younger so there’s a different dynamic,” Marc said. “Eric’s three years older so he’s someone I’ve looked up to growing up watching him have success. In that way it’s a little different. Plus, Eric’s a different play. He’s more of a one on one player who comes at you with speed while Jordan’s better down low.”
For the record, I asked Marc if Eric ever beat him up when he was younger. He said only when he harrassed youngest brother Jared.
Most of you will remember I was down on the Rangers trading Cullen last July. He was not only a good guy to get to know, but someone I thought was a much better player than his numbers showed.
But in hindsight, it was probably the right move for a number of reasons.
For one, if Cullen stays, the Rangers don’t make the investment in Brandon Dubinsky that they have, and we can all see how that’s gone. Two, word is he and his family were never quite comfortable in New York, and it might well have carried into a second season here. And three, it did free up salary cap space that could serve the Rangers well down the road (i.e. the looming long-term deal for Henrik Lundqvist, expected to be done after Jan. 1).
All that being said, Cullen is the type of guy you enjoy covering, and I’m glad to see he’s rebounded in Carolina.