Sean Avery is a member of the New York Rangers again after clearing waivers and rejoining the team for practice on Wednesday morning, but just because he's on the NHL roster doesn't mean he'll be getting into a game.
Head coach John Tortorella confirmed to the media at practice that he'll be going with the same lineup he employed in the Rangers' win over Anaheim on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, and that's obviously a lineup that doesn't include Avery. Blueshirt Banter explains:
Avery told the Daily News that he completely understands why he will not be in the lineup, and agrees with the coaching staff that there is no reason to change things up since the team played so well on Monday. Avery also went on to say that he is happy to be back and repeated multiple times that he loves playing for the Rangers.
It's clear, though, that he understands his place this time around. He is not expecting a roster spot or expecting to get any special treatment from the coaching staff. He knows that there are other players on the team, at the moment, that belong in the lineup over him. One of those is Andre Deveaux, because he really did play a solid game for the Blueshirts the other night.
There's no word on when Avery will make his way into the lineup, but the only reason he's in New York again is an injury to Mike Rupp. Rupp has a knee problem and there isn't a ton of detail on whether or not he'll be back soon. Kind of in the same situation as Avery right now.