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Rangers to speak with Sean Avery; He says “it will all work out somehow”

Aug 6, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

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Perhaps it only makes sense that Sean Avery is putting on a serene public face when it comes to being charged with shoving a police officer and embarrassingly calling them “fat little pigs.”

One can imagine that Avery is just used to these self-inflicted gaffes. In a way, it’s nearly reminiscent of Nicholas Cage’s character in “Raising Arizona.” He keeps getting in trouble and showing back up in prison, but seems friendly enough each time he makes his way behind bars.

Of course, the difference is that most of Avery’s foul-ups have been of the trivial, regrettable sound byte variety rather than legal problems. This situation could be a considerably bigger problem than a tasteless “Sloppy seconds” joke or waving his stick in front of Martin Brodeur in a juvenile manner, although one can only speculate how (or “if”) the NHL itself will react to his arrest.

If you ask Avery, it will blow over sooner or later, as he told Helen Kumari of the New York Post.

“I’m all right, I’m good,” a relaxed, smiling Avery, 31, told The Post at his Spanish bungalow in the West Hollywood hills after posting $20,000 bond on the battery charge.

“It’ll all work out at some point,” predicted Avery, whose on- and off-ice antagonism toward opponents and coaches have made him one of the NHL’s most-hated players during his career.

As Joe wrote yesterday, Avery’s court date is set for September 2. He could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the battery charges. It’s unclear how the league and his team will react to the situation, though.

“We will discuss this matter with Sean, and have no further comment at this time,” said Rangers spokesman John Roscasco.

The meeting will probably be stern and to-the-point, but it’s hard not to imagine a scene in which the hockey equivalent of a high school principal just throws up his hands and says he doesn’t know what to do with Avery.

There’s never a good time for this kind of behavior, but what makes it even more troubling is that this isn’t some young kid having one self-destructive night; Avery is 31 years old. There have been signs that he isn’t an all-around bad guy, but you have to wonder how many chances he has left to keep his fledgling NHL career alive.

Avery is in the final season of that big mistake of a contract the Dallas Stars gave him in 2008. Pests like Avery are often double-edged swords in that they can occasionally take penalties that hurt their own teams, but the key for the good ones – or at least the employable ones – is to bring more “pluses” than “minuses” to the table. Avery has a long way to go to prove that his on and off the ice issues don’t make him one big minus.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I hope “It’ll all work out” means Avery gets released and has to find a job that fits his intelligence level such as floor mopper at McDonald’s

    • hanktheking - Aug 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      Don’t worry, your job is safe.

  2. hanktheking - Aug 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    I find it amusing how the columnist who wrote this article chose to dis-credit Avery for his “juvenile” stick waving in the face of Marty Brodeur, yet he scored on the play, in the playoffs, to eventually eliminate the Devils. In my opinion, it was an extremely “heady” play that if a player like, let’s say, Ryan Kesler did, he would be lauded league wide for being a genius.

    My point is that this columnist is being far too objective simply because Sean Avery has done some other dumb things in his career and his beloved Devils were the victims of Averys genius.

    Get over it pal. Until you play a single minute in the NHL and realize how difficult goals can be to score, especially in the post season, stop whining and respect a good hockey play.

    • tholen21 - Aug 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Dear Dirt-Rag fan,

      Ok, you are a Ranger fan. You should have no say in this whatsoever. Do you even play hockey? Because if you do, you must suck! Sean had his back to the play for about 45 seconds of a PP. Even his own teamates were yelling at him to get back into the play. Yes he scored and it was a nice goal, but the precurser to the goal was both childish and dumb. It was something you see when you are a cherrypicker playing street hockey when your 6, not at the professional NHL level.

      This arrest just proves how retarded he is. His teamates hate him, Torts cannot stand him, and most real hockey fans hate his guts. It’s so funny to see someone like you, a Ranger fan, defending his antics. Go pretend it’s 1994 somewhere else and don’t comment unless what you say is relevant and/or inteligent. Thanks.

      -Someone who actually knows about hockey

      • stakex - Aug 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        I love when schmucks who know nothing about hockey, think they are experts because they watch a few games a year. Always makes me laugh. Let me point out several parts of your post that made me laugh.

        1. What Avery did was not illegal at the time. You might not like it, but it was a VALID tactic that got Brodeur off his game… quite possibly helping score the goal later in the play. In fact, it could be said the league acted Bushleague by making up a rule over night to take care of it… adding a rule in the middle of the playoffs? Thats the only disgraceful thing I saw during the whole thing.

        2. His own teammate was not yelling at him to get back in the play. He was warning him that the ref was watching him, and that he might get a penelty for what he was doing.

        3. A lot of people get arrested for doing dumb things when they are drunk. I don’t think I would go out and call them retarded…. and I certainly would never try to link said arrest to their on-ice playstyle, especially when said person is suppose to be a stand-up guy off the ice.

        4. Most of the Rangers don’t actually hate Avery. No idea where you got that from… it was his Dallas teammates who Avery never meshed with, likely because they had to play against him for years. Thats the problem with playing the role as pest, but that IS Avery’s role to play.

        5. Torts and Avery have had problems yes, but Torts also says Avery can be an extremely effective player so long as he doesn’t take dumb penelties…. something that can be said about a lot of NHL players.

        6. Most hockey fans hate his guts because he plays against their teams. You guys hate Avery because hes a pest… not for any practicle reason other then that. Its not like hes a Matt Cooke type player who goes out trying to hurt people all the time or anything. You don’t like him because hes a pain in the ass, but an effective pain in the ass. The fact that you hate him means hes doing his job.

        7. I doubt you really know hockey… and playing Men’s D league hockey doesn’t make you an expert. Once you have played semi-pro level hockey (or higher) come back and we can talk some more.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM

      I don’t understand how Rangers fans can still have a tolerance for this guy. If he was on my team I would still boo him, the guy is a flat-out disgrace to the game. What’s worse is that young players try to emulate him, and that won’t stop becsue idiots like you keep him in the league by continuing to support him

      • stakex - Aug 6, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        Fans aren’t keeping Avery in the league. Its not a popularity contest you know… hes keeping him self there by being an effective player. That fact that Rangers fans love him, and every one else hates him means hes doing his job perfectly. Hes not there to be liked, hes there to be a pest… and score goals from time to time.

        Oh, and what has Avery done to be considered “a disgrace to the game”? He waved his stick in front of Marty Brodeur… a play that was not illegal at the time, and resulted in a goal. Thats not defending Avery, thats stateing the FACTS. He helped his team win a critical game…. its really hard to call that disgraceful, especially when he didn’t break any rules doing it. Oh, and he made a distasteful off-ice comment about his ex-girlfirend. Big woop, that just means he has a foul mouth…. something the vast majority of hockey players are guilty off.

        Besides those two incidents, what makes him a disgrace? Because hes an effective pest, and you hate him? Sorry, thats a really low standard.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

        Obviously you don’t watch much hockey yourself. He made a comment about Jason Blake’s cancer and tried to fight in the pre-game warmup. He called Anson Carter a monkey. He chirps and irritates players he has no intention of fighting, and when any player bigger then him challenges him he looks to the ref for help. He dives. His “sloppy seconds” comment was pathetically orchestrated and was obviously not your run-of-the-mill foul mouth comment as you suggest because it got him kicked off the Stars. He flipped off the NY media during a practice. He doesn’t play the game the right way. He IS a disgrace and if you don’t think so you haven’t been following his career for very long (that’s my guess seeing as you could only name off 2 recent and highly publicized incidents)

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        And don’t act like if the Rangers fans and NY media turned against Avery the organization wouldn’t drop him like a sack of bricks. Once that happens his career will be done because the Rangers are the only team that can tolerate his bs, and I hope these latest events are in fact the beginning of the end for Sean

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    This one here puts the entire Italian national soccer team to shame. Just indicative of how much respect Avery has for the game in general

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 6, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    The question: what value does he bring to any team? I can imagine that his teammates aren’t a big fan of him. Yet he gets resigned time and time again. I can’t imagine many NYR fans were excited to see him come to the Big Apple. But I’m sure they wouldn’t be apposed to seeing him go.

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