Whether there are any lingering effects from Tuesday’s “theatrics between Sean Avery and Marek Malik”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080207/SPORTS01/802070399/-1/SPORTS, I suppose we’ll know today.
I got the sense Tom Renney was going to address the issue between the two, and I would imagine the two might have to talk on their own as well.
Meanwhile, it seems a lot of you see this as evidence that Sean Avery’s well-documented dark side is starting to emerge.
I don’t blame you. Avery had a bad game on Tuesday, he’s the player most likely to cause a stir in his own dressing room, and frankly, given the assorted hand injuries he’s been dealing with all year, he can’t handle the puck all that well these days.
But the other side to consider is this is just what you get with Avery. He is going to keep everyone on edge, even within his own room, and can be somewhat of a distraction. If he wasn’t around, there is a good chance this team operates at a nice, quiet hum.
But guess what? I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
While Avery’s actions can occasionally be selfish, it doesn’t seem like it’s n enough to be considered a real concern. And he’s still been a player who gives the Rangers a spark they otherwise might lack.
In other words, let’s reserve judgment for a little while. If this spirals into something more, then let’s talk. Otherwise, I just think it comes with the territory,
More from the skate later….