Gotta give Sean Avery credit for one thing that is absolutely for certain.
He drives traffic on this blog. Holy smokes was this place buzzin’ for an off-day, preseason day, yesterday.
Over 9,000 visits, probably the most since the Brad Richards signing, about 700 comments on two threads. Shut the front door.
The wildly crazy support/love/worship of Avery; the out-and-out distaste for Avery; the crazy, the funny, the usual jibberish, the nutso, the sensical.
It ran the whole gamut (there’s a word I can’t use enough on this blog).
When I took over this thing, Tom Renney was on his way out, John Tortorella was on his way in, and Sean Avery was in limbo, about to be transferred to the only team that would take him, even at half price. And every time Avery has been in the news, or made himself some news, this place has exploded.
I can’t thank him enough for that. And I don’t want to be cold. I never got to know him even a little, so I won’t personally miss him. A lot of stuff he did on the ice and off, I thought was a little over the top. On the other hand, a lot of stuff he did on and off the ice, I thought, was pretty admirable.
I wish him luck. I wish, for this blog’s sake, that he didn’t have to leave … or that he comes back somehow. Not counting on that, though.
I’m on my way home from Hockeytown, and writing my season previews in the airports and on planes today. The Yankees and Tigers kept me kind of busy the last two days, so now it’s a mad scramble. I hope to post some of the stuff as soon as I get them done … and then follow with predictions, which may or may not appear until after the season is underway, especially now that I have a baseball game in the Bronx Thursday night, and a possible workout there Friday afternoon if the Yankees win Game 5. Then I’ll be seeing more Texas Rangers than New York Rangers for a while.
Before I forget, our friend and fellow Bonehead miked, who works for the Houston Chronicle, has started a hockey blog, so please check him out early and often. You can find it right here, or by going to http://blog.chron.com/hockeystop/