Former Rangers pest Sean Avery was suspended indefinitely by the NHL today for what it called "inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game, made by Avery earlier today."
Avery faces a hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before the exact length of his hearing is determined.
Avery, who was in Calgary with the Dallas Stars, made some comments about Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf dating his former girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert.
According to TSN in Canada, Avery said on camera this morning in Calgary: "I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada. I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about. Enjoy the game tonight."
Avery will not play in tonight's game between the Stars and Flames because of his suspension.
Here's what the press release from the NHL said:
"Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery has been suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in accordance with the provisions of NHL By-Law 17 and Article 6
of the NHL Constitution for conduct "detrimental to the League or game of hockey," the National Hockey League announced today. The suspension was imposed following inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game, made by Avery earlier today.
The date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled."
From the information I've received coming out of Dallas since the start of the season and various things that have been reported, I'd guess that Avery's Stars' teammates aren't going to be too broken up over him being suspended tonight.
This is not the first time Avery has targeted an opponent's personal life with his comments. Last season, he was caught on camera by MSG Network making references to the Devils' Martin Brodeur about his messy 2003 divorce. Brodeur confirmed those comments to me prior to last season's playoff series between the Rangers and the Devils and then refused to shake Avery's hand at the conclusion of that series.