Recently arrested Sean Avery posted bail according to Andrew Gross. Avery has a court appearance set for September 2nd at 8:30 a.m.
In the wake of Avery's arrest last night, many questions are being asked about his future with the New York Rangers. Obviously this is the first real off-ice incident Avery has been involved in which in require legal action, adding ammunition to his enemies' camps.
Avery's future with the Rangers was already in question this season. Although most people assume he will make the team out of camp, it was widely accepted that his role would be diminished to a fourth-line player who would see around six or seven minutes of ice time a game.
Currently, everything about Avery's future is now brought into question. While putting your hands on a police officer (and taunting them, if the reports are true) is absolutely unacceptable behavior, it's not exactly the type of action that would end someone's NHL career.
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The Rangers brass will probably have to have a meeting to decide how to handle this situation. Expect John Tortorella to be a big part of that conversation, since Glen Sather and co. would probably like to know what type of a role Avery is expected to play on next year's team before they make any decisions.
That's not to say that good players should get away with more than bad players would. But I do think that the Rangers will want to know as much as they can about Avery's future with the team before making any decisions. At the end of the day, this arrest is embarrassing for both Avery and the organization as a whole. How the organization will move forward is what remains to be seen.
For now, Avery is out on bail, and is probably preparing an apology statment which will be made sometime in the near future. Until then, we'll keep you updated as soon as anything breaks.