Friday, August 5, 2011

Does Avery's Arrest Mark End of Tenure With Rangers, NHL?

With news of Sean Avery’s arrest this morning it is natural to wonder what it means for his career both in the NHL and with the New York Rangers.  Given Avery’s history, one would expect the NHL to at least review if not take action against Avery for his conduct.  The NHL has not been as forceful as the NFL in punishing for conduct outside of the games themselves, but few have the history does with the league that Avery does.  Beyond the NHL, there have to be questions as to whether this will cause the Rangers to decide that the headaches that can come with Sean Avery are not worth the $1.9375 they have to carry against the cap this season to keep him.

At this stage of his career, while still have both skill as a player and an agitator, the inconsistency of Avery and lack of trust the coaching staff has in him might make this the final straw for his time with the Rangers.  With the team having to eliminate at least one forward from the current roster in order to get under the cap this fall, this move by Avery might make that decision easier, while also creating an opportunity for a young player to make the team.

Sean Avery Arrested on Charge of Battery Against Police Officer

Sean Avery’s standing on the New York Rangers roster just got even murkier as he was arrested in California early Friday morning, according to NBC

Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News tweets that the LAPD has confirmed the arrest of Avery and that he was charged with battery against a peace officer, and that the Rangers’ forward is currently still in jail.  

The altercation allegedly happened last night when police responded to noise complaints at Avery’s home in Hollywood around 1 am.  Avery is accused of shoving the police officer and slamming the door.  Avery would then open the door a second time and was much more cooperative with the officer, but the damage had already been done and the arrest was made.