At today’s practice, Jesse Spector noted that Sean Avery was not skating with the first group, but with the second group on a line with Erik Christensen and Dale Weise. The first group comprised what I can only assume will be the starting lineup on Day One:
Wojtek Wolski-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Mike Rupp-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Avery is notably missing from these combinations, which was to be expected. Naturally, you can assume that Avery will be the 13th forward, and will replace someone who is hurt or struggling. But as for a regular spot in the lineup, there aren’t many, if any, candidates for Avery to replace. The only person that Avery really has any business replacing is Zuccarello, and that’s only if he can’t seem to cut it with regular playing time.
While Avery may not find his way to the CT Whale –that seems reserved for Christensen, it seems that his days on Broadway are numbered.