Former New York Rangers instigator Sean Avery is suddenly reporting on breaking NHL news in his spare time. 

Frank Curto

The National Hockey League showcases hardened vets such as Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman who report on breaking stories. From contracts to trades, their sources are top notch and reliable.

On Monday, a new player in the rumor game emerged. Well, sort of emerged. He more likely crawled out from his den of craziness to speak to his rabid fanbase.

NHL bad boy Sean Avery has a trade to announce.

Avery, standing outside at an undisclosed location, reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Nazem Kadri to the Winnipeg Jets for defenseman Jacob Trouba.

The former agitator quoted “his sources” when announcing the transaction. For the record, the NHL, Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs have made no statement regarding Avery’s Instagram announcement.

Avery played in the NHL for 13 years with the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and the Dallas Stars.

During a game against the New Jersey Devils, the agitator decided to annoy then goalie Martin Brodeur with the “face screen,” an unusual tactic that brought plenty of conversation throughout the hockey world.

Bob McKenzie and the other prestigious sources of the NHL have nothing to worry about. Avery is not the most reliable person to report breaking news.

Still, while his reliability leaves much to be desired, Sean Avery’s entertainment factor remains top notch.

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A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at