Sean Avery in Hot Water Again

Not surprisingly New York Rangers super pest Sean Avery has found himself once again in the middle of some controversy. This 30 year-old who has faced numerous league hearing and suspensions in his career made about 25 more enemies on Sunday night in the Edmonton Oilers. During the third period of what ended up being an 8-2 Rangers win, Avery caught the Oilers ire when he hit forward Colin Fraser into the boards. At that point the much bigger Ladislav Smid challenged Avery to a fight. Apparently Avery wasn’t willing but when Smid was skating away he got jumped and sucker punched by Avery. “(Laddy) asked him fair and square, one-on one, man-on-man. He says ‘No, we’ll go later,’ and Laddy’s half turned and he decides to jump him,” Fraser who referred to Avery as gutless said. “I don’t think any man would do that. A man has his chance one-on-one and I think he crossed the line.” This incident caused a melee to break out that eventually ended in 124 penalty minutes being called. The only league discipline that was dished out was directed at Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky who was fined for getting physical with Fraser who at the time was sitting on the bench. To a man the Oilers were in disbelief afterwards that Avery escaped punishment. “It’s tough to say how he does keep getting away with it,” Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham said. “He keeps taking liberties with other guys and nobody seems to take a cheap shot at him yet. It’s overdue I’d say.”

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