Update, 5:50 p.m.: TSN.ca is reporting the Rangers were fined $25,000 and the Maple Leafs $10,000 while Avery was fined the maximum $2,500 and Darcy Tucker $1,000. There were no suspensions.
Update, 7 p.m.: The official word from Colin Campbell: “The unprofessional conduct of Avery in initiating this altercation, less than a week after being involved in an incident in the pre-game warm-up against New Jersey, is the basis for this discipline.”
Still no word on Sean Avery, but in a telling move, the Rangers sent Greg Moore back down to Hartford. This suggests Avery will not be suspended. I’ll pass along what I know when I have it.
Meanwhile, a statement from Avery:
“I am extremely upset and hurt that false and damaging comments were attributed to me regarding Jason Blake. I made no such comments. I have lost two grandfathers to cancer and have been a consistent contributor to multiple cancer related charities, first and foremost, Hockey Fights Cancer. I am unable to comment further, as the matter is now being addressed by legal counsel.”