PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
A collection of fantastic little Tweets from @LordStanley should start your morning off with a chuckle or three. (BarDown)
We’ve frequently seen minor league hockey teams come out with some great promotions revolving around jersey gimmicks, yet the MiLB’s Rochester Red Wings are really outdoing themselves by commemorating the “Miracle on Ice.” Was Miracle on Grass the right call, or should the headline have been Miracle on a Baseball Diamond? (Rochester Red Wings via The Hockey News)
How the Philadelphia Flyers are coping with salary cap “jail.” (Sportsnet)
Sean Avery with a fascinating take on (his) life after hockey. (The Players’ Tribune)
If you’ve seen the great 30 for 30 documentary “Big Shot,” you get the impression that John Spano Jr. – the guy who served hard time for trying to swindle the NHL and New York Islanders – might have a shaky future. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for grand theft and forgery related to a job he took after the fiasco with the Islanders. (The News-Herald)
When last season ended for Sean Avery, it came rather quickly after being banished to the AHL by the New York Rangers. Now that he’s in quasi-retirement, he seems to have transitioned quickly to his new career as an… Ad executive? You bet.
Stuart Elliott of The New York Times reports on Avery’s leap into the luxurious world of Madison Avenue where he’s working with the Lipman agency. For Avery, going from the routine of being a professional hockey player to that of a man helping to build brands has created quite the change.
“For 15 years I had the same day,” he recalled. “I would wake up, eat, practice, work out, eat and sleep, then I would go and play. So now, an eight- or nine-hour day in the office, I can’t do it.”
That won’t earn a lot of sympathy from anyone working a regular job, that’s for sure, but the compliments being served up to Avery from those in his new industry (“lover of business” “he’s a connector” “lover of luxury market”) would make you wonder if this is the same guy who tortured opponents on the ice during his 10-year career.
Looks like throwing his skates in the Hudson River will be Sean Avery’s last hockey-related act.
According to Katie Strang of ESPN, the ex-Rangers forward won’t try to sign with a team come July 1 and still plans on retiring. Avery told Strang he has “no interest” in testing the free agent market which, I would assume, is roughly the same level of interest teams had in Avery.
The 32-year-old torched whatever was left of his relationship with the Rangers via a series of antics in AHL Connecticut. He last played on Jan. 27 and, after being a healthy scratch for 15 straight games, was sent home on Mar. 5.
Avery then appeared on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live and said “I am officially retired — I threw my skates in the Hudson.”
Avery’s agent, Pat Morris, said his client’s comments were “not serious” and he hadn’t given up on his career. Shortly thereafter, it was learned Avery refused to sign retirement papers sent to him by Rangers GM Glen Sather.
But now it appears one of the most controversial figures in league history has called it a day.
If it is indeed the end, Avery will finish with 247 points in 580 career games — with 1533 penalty minutes.