It was Sean Avery press conference day at the AAC this morning. Now we all know that Avery is known for fashion as much as he is hockey, and he came in dressed in a plaid jacket and long shorts. When Avery handed his jacket to Les Jackson (so he could put on his new #16 jersey), Jackson said, "This is the nicest jacket I've ever had."
Anyway, some snippets of Avery's chat with the media on Wednesday:
**On other players saying they hate playing against him: "Yeah (it's a compliment). The more guys who say that, the better."
**On his attraction to the Stars: "It's certainly a better team than the one I formerly played on. That's really the most important thing it comes down to is being able to come in and win. This is a better opportunity."
**About joining players like Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott: "It'll probably bring my fighting majors down since I always ended up fighting one of those guys. We're going to be tough for other teams to play against."
**On how he ended up living with Brett Hull in Detroit: "I showed up one day and didn't leave. As far as watching the guy play and read the game and be a big-time player, it was certainly beneficial."
**On possibly moving to right wing: "A winger's a winger. Doesn't matter what side you're on. I almost think playing on your off side is more advantageous."
The guy was fun this morning, no doubt. He's getting a fresh start on a team that's committing several years to him, something he hasn't enjoying the last few seasons.
Oh, and he's throwing out the first pitch at the Rangers game tonight.