It is reaching a point where one can’t miss a practice or morning skate because you don’t know what adventures Sean Avery may be up to.
Today there was this: while working out with strength and conditioning coach Reg Grant, Avery walks out and announces he will be singing with Jim Dolan’s band at the annual Marc Lustgarten Foundation benefit event for pancreatic cancer research at B.B. King’s in midtown.
“What are you going to do?” Avery said. “The boss asked me to do it.”
Avery even produced the lyrics sheet to the song, which will be played to the tune of “Not Fade Away” (of Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead fame). Among the highlights:
“They say I’m mean.
I’m just playing for my team.
Gotta win the game at any price, at any price”
There was more, but I didn’t have time to write it all down. Avery acknowledged that he’s been told he has to memorize the entire song, and yes, it may require a certain amount of liquid courage. But since he goes on at 11, he’s also not leaving himself much time.
Believe it or not, he actually has to behave himself while attending the game.
In other news:
Paul Mara is still out so you can expect the same lineup tonight against the Leafs. Tom Renney said Mara was more or less fit to play, so the scratch tonight is a coach’s decision. Tomorrow in Atlanta remains a possibility, however.
Today was an optional skate, so there was only a skeleton crew on the ice. And it again marked the return of Chad Killam, the former Manhattanville College goalie who has been called on to fill the other net when Henrik Lundqvist is absent. “My legs are burning a bit,” Killam said afterward.
As for Lundqvist, don’t be surprised if you see him playing back-to-back games tonight and tomorrow in Atlanta. Renney sounded like that’s where he was leaning. And you figured if you were going to see Stephen Valiquette, you’d see him tonight against the Leafs, whom he’s already had success against.
It is a great day for Zipay and myself. You may recall my co-owner and I made the bold move during our fantasy draft to snag the supposedly retiring Scott Niedermayer with a late-round pick (we also drafted Peter Forsberg, but that’s another story). Now comes “news that Niedermayer is coming back to the Ducks”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AhDrEsPKbBNU9nUrLkroXFl7vLYF?slug=ap-ducks-niedermayer&prov=ap&type=lgns. Apparently our vision paid off. I’d like to tell you this involved a covert trip to California where we convinced the defenseman to make another run at it. In reality, it merely involved me picking up my paper this morning and saying, “Hey, Scott Niedermayer is coming back.” Either way, Zipay and I are ecstatic.
Speaking of the paper, “my story today looks at Brandon Dubinsky”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071206/SPORTS01/712060425 trying to get past a personal low point game against the Canes.