Nobody available pregame. No John Tortorella presser. Nothing new to report, except that there were six fights in the rookie game (a 5-2 Devils win). See Tom Gulitti’s blog for some details.
So we’ll be back with a game thread later.
Not to belabor the point, but I believe I made it clear I am not totally anti-Avery.
And I wanted to add:
a) That it was he and Lundqvist who called the team meetings and demanded, publicly, some accountability from their teammates when the team bottomed out (ok, one of the times they bottomed out) last year.
b) That in the infamous Carcillo-Gaborik/Girardi game, Avery was the only one to answer the bell, and he did it multiple times. He took it personally, when not nearly enough did … and on a night when the coach decided it was a good night to take on a writer instead of his own team.
c) If the coach can’t coach Avery to be the player he needs to be and can be and should be, then that is as much on the coach as it is on the player. And if the player can’t do it, whoever is at fault, then the player is of no use here.
d) I am of the very firm belief that if Avery can rediscover that agitating touch, then more minutes will come, and so will some production. He’s awful defensively, and he falls down a lot for such a good skater, but he does have a lot of positives in his game. And if he can return to being that player, he can be a very crucial part of this team.
I could probably go on for another 45 paragraphs. But I won’t.
Congrats to Wade Redden and his wife on the birth of their baby girl.
Also want to welcome back all of those familiar names who have come back in the nick of time. Even if one might be an idiot.