J.R. loves T.O.'s vibe

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Last night marked Sean Avery's first appearance at the Air Canada Centre.

It may have been Jeremy Roenick's last.

Or was it?

"Hey, maybe I'll sign here, I'm a free agent next summer," the always colourful J.R. said after his Los Angeles Kings defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 last night.

"You think Tie Domi's big here? If I was here, oh man."

Because of the revised scheduling system, the Kings will not visit Toronto for another three years -- a potential Stanley Cup final matchup being the exception.

HOCKEY HEAVEN

"I love it here," he said.

"They might boo the (bleep) out of you in the rink but you should see them attack me on the street. It's fun. This is hockey heaven. I tried to soak in (the atmosphere) all night because I don't know what the future holds."

Roenick's previous visit to the ACC was in the 2004 playoffs between the Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, his former team. He scored the winning goal in overtime to eliminate the Leafs in the first round.

"One of the highlights of my career," he said.

It's not often that someone has more outrageous quotes than Roenick in a dressing room, but Avery is doing his best.

"I may be outspoken but even I wouldn't say some of the things (Sean) has," Roenick said.

What is Avery's take on J.R.?

"The most amazing human being I've ever met,"Avery said.

"He's not shy."

Neither is Avery, who was hunted down by the paparazzi over the weekend while strolling with Elisha Cuthbert, the former star of the hit TV drama 24. While growing up in Pickering, Avery never imagined he would be the target of star-seeking photographers.

"I was just hoping to play," he said."I wasn't expecting to take it that far."

Avery finished the game plus-1, had several run-ins with Bryan McCabe and was stripped of an assist on the Kings' first goal. And through it all, he was booed all night.

Asked about coming close to scoring late in the second period, Avery replied: "It's too bad. I had a nice touchdown celebration planned."


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