Avery Reports to Hartford; No Update on Staal

Most Rangers fans are still coming off last night’s high, and rightfully so. No one saw this team scoring four goals, especially all in the third period. Henrik Lundqvist‘s performance in Vancouver was arguably one of his best of his career. But, on we go.

Sean Avery reported to the Connecticut Whale today, and said he doesn’t expect to be recalled anytime soon…or ever. He told two reporters who cover the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford that he doesn’t believe he was given a fair shot to make the club this season, the final year of his contract, arguing that he played every shift with minor leaguers rather than NHL-caliber line mates.

If he is- by some miracle- recalled, he would have to pass through re-entry waivers. If claimed, $1 million dollars in dead cap space would be put on the books.

“I’m not even going to think about it. It’s like you’re going to win the lottery,” said Avery, who is day-to-day with a shoulder injury. “I guess some people do, but I’ve never had that mentality. I’m just going to go on, but I can play in the NHL, there’s no question about that. I but I feel like a completely different player already. I’m just relaxed. This game is all mental.”

Avery said he was offered “a lot of money” to go play in Russia, but it was not something he wanted to do.

There were some rumors that the Rangers could be giving an update on injured defenseman Marc Staal, who is still battling the effects of a concussion he suffered last February.

Avery no-doubt was given no chance of making this team out of camp. Like he said, look at his line mates throughout the scrimmages and the preseason games in which he dressed. Part of me is happy he didn’t go to Russia and fade into obscurity. He’s still beloved by many Rangers fans, and I’m sure will continue to be.

As for Staal, the old saying of ‘No news is good news’ doesn’t really apply here. An update on his condition- especially a positive one- would have been good, but we won’t be getting it. Hopefully he isn’t too far away and can join the team in November. Luckily for him (and the Rangers…and me), Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh have been holding down the fort. If only Staal and Michael Sauer could get back on the ice to really sure things up.

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