And those are just a few of the nuggets from today’s skate.
So let’s start right in:
Sean Avery did skate for the first time since his wrist surgery Nov. 29, and not even in the dreaded no-contact yellow jersey, but the left wing is still at least a week away from returning. “I felt good for the first day,” Avery said. “I mean, my hand’s fixed. My strength is OK. There’s just a lot of scar tissue when you have surgery that you have to work through. But I don’t think it’s going to be long.”
Maybe so, but Tom Renney said Avery still isn’t day-to-day, and that his status will be re-assessed on Sunday, meaning the earliest Avery could return is next Tuesday against the Pens.
Meanwhile, I believe for the first time in his Rangers tenure, Avery was left borderline speechless, and it was it in response to a question about why he thinks the Rangers record is so much better with him in the lineup than without.
Avery tried to stammer out something: “I don’t know…that’s a good question. Maybe it’s just the way the moons align..It’s not my place…Some things happen for some reason…I don’t know.”
This went on for several minutes without much in the way of a coherent answer. So there you have it: probing journalism at its finest.
Greg Moore was back on that well-traveled road between Hartford and New York in time for today’s skate, but it doesn’t look like he’ll see action tomorrow in Washington. The Rangers called up Moore because of a tweak to Ryan Callahan’s knee. But Callahan skated and seemed fine, so it’s unlikely his spot in the lineup will be an issue tomorrow.
The same might apply to Michal Rozsival, who missed practice with a sore shoulder, but is likely to play tomorrow as well. Marek Malik skated in Rozsival’s place alongside Marc Staal, but when Renney was asked about No. 8 returning to the lineup, the coach offered only a vague response about Malik being one of seven defensemen, and that he’ll return when Renney thinks he’s ready.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.