Monday, April 14, 2008

Bettman to institute Avery Rule

Bettman said he discussed the matter with Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations, on Sunday afternoon already. Their joint verdict: "It's something that we're going to address, probably in the realm of either goaltender interference, or unsportsmanlike conduct. We'll put the clubs on notice before we make that interpretation. But the ingenuity and creativity of things we've never seen before never ceases to amaze us. But we'll deal with it."

Bettman's tone said as much as his actual words — he was clearly unhappy with Avery's antics, even after acknowledging his ingenuity and creativity, because of the black mark they cast on what has been another exciting first round.
I imagine that's the last we'll hear of that. What's interesting is how quiet Avery continues to be, as the team's muzzle from earlier in the year continues to be in effect.

I know some are protesting due to the fact this isn't in the rulebook, but my guess is that's because they never thought anyone would actually attempt it. Now that it has been, it'll be on the books.

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At 12:44 p.m., April 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that Avery is speaking loud and clear by leading his team in goals and points.

At 12:46 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I've got no problem with that; he's a pretty talented player.

At 1:10 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger poploser said...

Do we really believe Avery could be muzzled by the team? They couldnt stop Bobby Holik from babbling his self-important nonsense when he was on the team, and I doubt Avery could be stopped if he wanted to speak.

What I find highly more probable is Avery realized he had a tough first half (because he was out with injuries) during a key contract year...and he and his agent decided it would be better if he focused attention on what he brings on the ice, rather than what he does off it.

At 1:15 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

It speaks to Avery's character that I find myself in whole-hearted agreement with Gary F. Bettman on this one.

At 1:19 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger poploser said...

wait a the heck did i become Avery's biggest cheerleader? For the record, I would be fine if he didnt return to the NYR next year.

At 1:36 p.m., April 14, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

I think the penalty should be 2 min for being a jack-ass. Maybe record it on the scorecard as:

Avery - 2min minor - Unsportsmanlike (Jackassary)

At 3:45 p.m., April 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avery found a loophole, exploited it and Brodeur admitted that it was effective - but should not be allowed. What a surprise. No more surprising that Bettman jumped all over this issue in a further attempt to muzzle one of the league's most exciting and controversial players and further sanitize hockey play. If a player and coach decide to effectively take that player out of a play to wave his hands and stick in front of the goalie, why do you care? A goalie's defensemen are supposed to clear the crease for the goalie to see. If the player hits the goalie with his body or stick (surprised Brodeur didnt jump into Avery with all the dives he takes), then the ref can call high-sticking or interference. Enforce the current rules rather than making up new ones (especially during the playoffs) and this is a non-issue. Calling the "Avery Rule" a mere "clarification" is BS.

Avery has 3 goals, 1 assist. He leads the Rangers with a 37% scoring percentage in the first round. He has It is obvious that Brodeur and the rest of the Devils are constantly distracted by him. His effectiveness is not a matter of opinion, but fact. Get over it.


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