The Avery Rule
I know sometimes it seems as if all of the Sean Avery nonsense and coverage is overblown, but he's actually quite disliked throughout the league, and in a way that goes beyond that of the traditional Darcy Tucker/Jordin Tootoo type pests.
And I think that's part of the reason he won't be a Ranger next season.
In the clip, Marty Brodeur obviously wants him to stop, and gives him a push and a chop with his stick, the ref is telling him to cut it out and even teammate Chris Drury comes over, during the power play, to tell him to play it straight.
In any event, I don't think we'll have to worry about it happening again or the potential ramifications that Ron Maclean gets into: Tom Renney and players like Drury and Brendan Shanahan won't have any of this.
Andy Grabia is looking for a reason why this shouldn't be allowed, and it's fairly simple: If it's a part of the game, it is for everyone, and this isn't anything anyone wants to be made a widespread phenomenon. Imagine seeing this in front of the net on every power play?
For one, it's a dangerous tactic to be waving the lumber around that close to another athlete's face, and more importantly, it's an antic that detracts from the quality of the game being played.
In what way is it fair to a goaltender? This is a play that redefines "unsportsmanlike."
"I've been watching games for 33 years and I have never seen anything like that in my life," Brodeur said. "If it's within the rules, it's within the rules. The official came over and said it probably wasn't something that should be done."
"Nobody should have to play hockey with a stick an inch from your face," Brodeur said. "But it wasn't a bad play. While he was doing it, I couldn't see anything. The two misses were just luck, I couldn't see a thing."
"I'm trying to get to the puck, it's a five-on-three," Brodeur said. "I'm trying to just look around and it's almost impossible because his stick's so close to my face and his hands. ... I think this kind of behavior in front of the net isn't really something that should be done."The league will outlaw it soon. Call it the Sean Avery Rule.