Sean Avery was arrested a 1 a.m. local time in Los Angeles this morning for battery of a peace officer, reportedly after the LAPD responded to a complaint about noise from a party at Avery's house in the Hollywood Hills. According to TMZ, which cited "law enforcement sources," when officers arrived at Avery's front door, he shoved an officer and slammed the door on him. (The officer wasn't injured.) The cops knocked again, and from that point forward, Avery was reportedly cooperative, but he was still arrested. The LAPD confirmed to the New York Daily News that, five hours after the incident, Avery was still in jail. His bail had been set at $20,000, according to TMZ.
Over at the Journal News Rangers' blog, Rick Carpiniello already wonders if this, depending on how it plays out, could violate any sort of behavioral agreement Avery might have from his "sloppy seconds" suspension. Greg Wyshynski doesn't think so, because that suspension was "targeted for on-ice behavior." But that's not exactly true: It might fallen under the umbrella of hockey matters — it involved a joke about another hockey player, told inside a hockey locker room — but it wasn't exactly discipline for something that happened during the course of a hockey game. Of course, speculation about any sort of discipline, hockey or otherwise, is getting a bit ahead of things. But this much we know: The lack of actual hockey games during the off-season hasn't really kept Avery from getting his name in the paper, has it?