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."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.
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 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.