[Sean Avery] who's out with a sprained right knee, was off crutches and walking comfortably through the Rangers' dressing room today. He had an MRI yesterday and it "came up clean." Tomorrow, he'll go for that procedure where they inject his own blood into the tissue around the knee in an effort to speed the recovery. Avery said there's no timetable for him to begin skating again but, when I asked him if he thought he'd be able to play in the season opener, Oct. 2 at Pittsburgh, he said, quickly, "Definitely."It certainly didn't sound good for a day or two for Avery and there were rumors that he might miss some time. If he is ready for opening night against the Penguins, but misses the final two preseason games will Tortorella throw him right in the lineup? It probably depends on how soon he gets back on the ice.
With P.A. Parenteau getting sent down to Hartford yesterday the Rangers still have 14 forwards on their roster: Anisimov, Avery, Boyle, Brashear, Callahan, Drury, Dubinsky, Gaborik, Grachev, Higgins, Kotalik, Lisin, Prospal and Aaron Voros.
Expect one more forward to be cut before opening night. As of now, the likely scenario is Grachev getting sent down to Hartford.