Larry Brooks at the New York Post
reports that NHL Deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said that the league is reserving judgment while monitoring the Sean Avery situation as it applies to possible league-applied sanctions.
Brooks adds that the NHL has almost never imposed suspensions for acts away from the arena including Ed Belfour who was not suspended in 2000 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge following an arrest for assaulting a police officer in Dallas and Dany Heatley who was not suspended after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor charges, including second-degree vehicular homicide, relating to the September 2003 car crash in which Atlanta teammate Dan Snyder was killed.
Avery has spoken with both Garden CEO Jim Dolan and Rangers president/general manager Glen Sather and has retained Blair Berk, a high-profile attorney who has represented miscreants such as Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, to represent him in court.
Finally, Brooks feels that Avery's arrest will have a negative effect on his ability to lobby for issues he believes in similar to sex sex marriage....no other way to say it, but Avery has once again hurt his reputation and will have to do a lot of work to repair it again.
...i always felt that the 'sloppy seconds' situation was ridiculously overblown by the league, however, I am very disappointed in Avery on this one.
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