First up, some line changes because I know you like the news.
Chris Drury-Scott Gomez-Markus Naslund
Fredrik Sjostrom-Nigel Dawes-Lauri Korpikoski
Ryan Callahan-Brandon Dubinsky-Nikolai Zherdev
Colton Orr-Blair Betts-Aaron Voros
Dmitri Kalinin worked out on the bike and coach Tom Renney said he practiced briefly but tired out soon. Paul Mara shaved his beard and was back on the ice, as was goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Sean Avery should pass through waivers by tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Dallas time. He needs to pass a physical and will be assigned to an AHL team. Since Dallas doesn’t have an affiliate, Avery could go anywhere. He could be heading for, say, Hartford.
Although the Rangers cannot address a player that belongs to another team, Chris Drury did say he thought players in the league would give Avery another chance. He never had the reputation of being a great teammate, but Drury compared Avery’s anger management experience to going through treatment for alcohol abuse.
Lundqvist was a little wary of getting too excited about a player who might not be in a Rangers uniform again.
“He has a history but we’ll see,” Lundqvist said. “He’s a great guy when he wants to be and he’s a great player when he wants to be.”