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NHL: Pluses and minuses around the league

It's good to have Winnipeg back in the league, but Sean Avery's act has grown old.

October 10, 2011|By Helene Elliott
  • Sean Avery takes a shot against the Devils while playing last season for the Rangers.
Sean Avery takes a shot against the Devils while playing last season for… (Paul Bereswill / Getty Images )

+ Welcome back, Winnipeg Jets. Their second incarnation began Sunday … but the Montreal Canadiens spoiled their party by inflicting a 5-1 loss. Fans, Jets put on a great show.

+ Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr. Back in the NHL after three seasons in Russia, he recorded his 1,600th point with an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' opener.

+ The New York Rangers waived Sean Avery and no one else claimed him. His act has grown old. He was to report to the Rangers' American Hockey League farm team.

-"Hockey Night in Canada" personality Don Cherry's calling Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson "pukes" for speaking out against fighting. Cherry's bullying has gone over the top. His suits are funny. His rants aren't.

-Sidney Crosby isn't ready to return from the concussion he suffered in January, but he traveled west with the Pittsburgh Penguins and talked to the media.

-The Flyers went over the salary cap after they waived Blair Betts but had to take him back. The Canadiens claimed him, but he flunked his physical. The Flyers put Ian Laperriere on long-term injured reserve to create cap space.

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