Some quick notes from Rangers land today:
-Sean Avery ruled himself out of Thursday night’s matchup against the Capitals in D.C. It looks like the probable date for his return is sunday’s game at home against the Anaheim Ducks. Avery told reporters earlier today that his sprained right knee is “still not 100%” and he hopes to “give it a few more days” before returning to action.
-Rangers’ captain Chris Drury is one teammate looking forward to Avery’s return to the lineup. “He’s such a good skater, he’s such a good athlete” Drury said of Avery. “In this system, he’s going to create a lot of havoc for the other teams. When he and the rest of us nail this whole total system that Torts is teaching us, I think he’s really going to flourish. He’s going to do well at it. One of Sean’s biggest assets is he gets up in the play and finishes his checks with the best of them.”
-Thursday night’s contest will be Donald Brashear’s first against his former team and the burly enforcer (who still has yet to have won over many of the fans here in New York could go along way towards doing just that by running Alex Ovechkin the way he used to Jaromir Jagr when he was a member of the Caps) spoke on his feelings about playing against his old teammates.
In former Rangers news, Philadelphia center Blair Betts suffered a separated shoulder during last night’s Flyers victory over the capitals and is expected to miss at least a month. Betts suffered his broken orbital bone last season against Washington. Maybe Betts should be a healthy scratch once he returns and his team plays the Caps.
-Coach Tortorella spoke to the media following today’s practice. He touched on the play of the fourth line during monday’s victory over the Devils and the playof his two rookies on D, Gilroy and Del Zotto, so far this young season.