Until there is more definitive news on Sean Avery’s hockey career — he does still play hockey, doesn’t he? — or unless he lacerates his spleen again, is linked to more call girls, or becomes engaged to one of the Bush sisters, this will be my last Sean Avery post for some time.
But for those of you who can’t get enough Avery, and that would seem to include Sean Avery himself, “here’s a video courtesy of Men’s Vogue”:http://prod-mens.vogue.com/health/regimen/videos/2008/06/sean-avery-workout.
My apologies on the lack of posts. I’ve been preoccupied with golf lately, and last night, I was even called out of the proverbial bullpen to cover the Mets (where I ran into at least one other displaced hockey writer, Mr. Brooks).
My instinct is nothing substantive is going to happen until July 1, and if it makes you feel any better, you should know you’re not the only ones waiting to see what happens. I talked to Paul Mara this morning, and the free agent defenseman said that while his agent has had preliminary conversations with the Rangers, he’s been given no indication what the team’s plans are.
“There’s been no movement on that front,” Mara said from Cape Cod. “I don’t think we’ve been proactive, but I think they know I want to return.”
Whether the Rangers want Mara back is another story, and in all likelihood, the team probably won’t know for sure until it has addressed more prominent players first. In comparison to last year, there are far more moving parts at work, so while I think there will be news to report the first day of free agency, the signing period might drag on a little bit longer this summer.
Update: Well, the Rangers have signed one forward to a contract extension. The team just announced that P.A. Parenteau has been re-signed.Â