Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery is no stranger to controversy - usually due to his "chatty" demeanor. There have been several cases in the recent past where he has found himself in hot water after making questionable comments
. The latest in this saga is an allegation by Edmonton Oilers forward George Laraque that Avery made a racial slur towards him in an game earlier this week. George who is black, maintains that he was verbally abused by Sean Avery including the use of the slur "monkey".
The NHL opens its 2005-06 regular season tonight with all 30 teams playing in their first game since the league became the first major professional sports league to cancel a complete season because of a nasty labour conflict. We now have a brand new economic landscape with a $39 million salary cap for each team and what looks like a bit more parity during the most recent free-agent season. The league will also be enforcing a new set of rules (or a better adherence to what's long been in the rule book) that may lead to a long parade to the penalty box if the the players do not adjust. The rules will likley help some of the talented players like Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla and Joe Thornton. Super rookies like Sidney Crosby
and Alexander Ovechkin will have ample opportunities to showcase their talents and are likely to succeed.