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Mike Rupp getting scoped; Mr. Avery starts vs Canadiens, more

We told ya earlier there'd be some loose ends to tie up after practice,. right?

Rupp, who signed a three-year, $4.5 million deal in July, will be out for a bit after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week. Coach John Tortorella would not be specific on length or the exact need for the procedure. When I asked him if the problem was bone chips, he said: "Zip, I'm not a doctor...we'll know more next week."  Rupp has played seven games, with one goal.

Torts did say Wojtek Wolski (re-aggravated groin injury) was having an MRI, and Sean Avery will be in the lineup for his season debut. There were no line rushes at the relatively short practice, but I'm forecasting he plays left wing on a line with Erik Christensen and Andre Deveaux.  with 12 healthy forwards, Tortorella, however, did not rule out another callup from Connecticut.

Also, am underlining my prediction from this morning that Henrik Lundqvist will be in net vs Montreal. That's because Martin Biron missed practice due to a death in the family, and occasional fill-in, Justin Eddy, formerly of Quinnipiac, was on the ice. Torts said Biron would return tonight, and indicated that he would be the backup.

On defense, Michael Del Zotto (hip) did not practice, and Brandon Prust was given a maintenance day. It is believed both will be ready for tomorrow.

As for free agent D Anton Stralman, who reportedly agreed to terms of a one-year contract reportedly worth $900,000 yesterday, the word from the team is not to expect an announcement today, so there's some hangup.

Finally, on Marc Staal, Tortorella responded "indefinite" when asked about a timeline. "We just don't know." With that admission 11 games into the season, it may be only days before Staal is placed on Long-Term Injured Reserve, which will at least temporarily loosen the cap.

Some thoughts from Brad Richards, Mark Messier on the NYC marathon and more from Torts in a few. Have some errands to run in this beautiful grind before a back-to-back weekend. See ya soon. 

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