So I was at a Christmas party on Saturday night when a friend of mine asked if I was still blogging about the New York Islanders.
"Really?" another friend said. "Not a lot of positives there."
The party coincided with the Isles' 3-1 loss to the force of nature that is the Columbus Blue Jackets, so I was spared having to witness the team's sixth straight loss and eighth in their past nine.
Good to see Richard Park score another shorthanded goal, his fifth tally of the season. And I guess Joey MacDonald played better than he did in the landslide in Pittsburgh.
But, again, not a lot of positives to speak of.
The Dallas Stars, meanwhile, said they are moving on without Sean Avery.
What a shock.
Where Avery will end up is anyone's guess. His own teammates and coaches, as well as opponents, despise him.
The only ones who like him are the fans who like seeing him stir the pot, but they don't have to put up with him on the bench, in the locker room, in practice, on the team bus, or (God forbid) on a plane flight.
He is currently in an "undisclosed location" undergoing treatment for his anger issues.
One wonders if he is getting the Alex DeLarge treatment for his problems.
Avery could go back to the minors, then if he clears waivers and someone claims him, the Stars would split his salary with that new team.
Here's hoping he just quits the game and pursues his true passion: fashion. I hear Christian Siriano is looking for an intern, and it's rumored he has an Avery poster on his bedroom wall.