Monday, October 20, 2008
The Enigma That Is #16
His résumé is succinct:
Sean Avery. The most hated man in hockey.
His seven seasons in the NHL have been in the barns of the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and now the Dallas Stars. An antic he pulled once in last season's Stanley Cup playoffs, legal at that time, brought a new rule the next day:
"An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play."
His contract will earn him $15.5 million over the next four years.