Very quick on Sean Avery:
<li>I get the sense that there is as much a chance of Sean Avery coming back to play for the Rangers as there is of me playing for the Rangers (although the team could fit me under the cap).
<li>Interesting story on Avery “by Fanhouse’s Eric McErlain”:http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2008/12/04/one-fans-vulgar-confrontation-with-sean-avery/ that discusses an incident with a soon-to-be 60-year-old woman at a game in Nashville earlier this season (it also includes a cameo quote by Dellapina of all people).
For those easily offended, you might want to steer clear (not because of Dellapina. His part is fine).
Below is the video that led to the incident, although in fairness, the exchange at the end seems fairly harmless.
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<li>Finally, a quick story: Last year, I’m on the elevator with Avery at the Garden. It’s late in the season, when Avery’s looming free agency was emerging as a story. There’s a guy who gets on wearing an Islanders cap. We get to joking how the hat would look good on Avery. The player responds by saying something along the lines of, “Hey, you never know.”
Not that that’s where the player is going to end up. But it’s at least crossed his mind.
Update, 4:52 p.m.: This from NHLPA chief Paul Kelly. Sounds like they’re not happy.
“While the NHLPA does not condone Sean’s comments, which were clearly inappropriate, the discipline imposed by the Commissioner is unprecedented both in its severity, as well as the process by which it was handed down. We have also seen signals from the Dallas Stars that Sean’s contractual rights might be challenged. We are monitoring the situation as it develops, and we will evaluate all legal options as the circumstances warrant. In the meantime, our first priority is supporting Sean’s efforts to learn from his mistake and move forward in a positive manner.”