Avery suffers separated shoulder after taking hit

Updated: October 8, 2007, 10:57 AM ET
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The New York Rangers announced late Sunday that forward Sean Avery will be out four weeks with a separated left shoulder.

Sean Avery


He suffered the injury in the first period of New York's 2-0 loss to Ottawa on Saturday when he took a hit from right wing Chris Neil.

Avery went directly to the dressing room and did not return. Neil was penalized for elbowing on the play 7:23 in. The two rugged players were given roughing minors for a skirmish 56 seconds into the game.

Avery re-signed with the Rangers in August after he was awarded a $1.9 million salary for this season following a lengthy arbitration hearing. Avery, who provided a huge spark to the Rangers last season after being traded by Los Angeles, earned an $800,000 raise. He was seeking $2.6 million in arbitration while New York countered with a proposal of $1.3 million. The arbitrator essentially split the difference.

Avery played in 84 games with the Rangers and Kings last season, posting career highs with 18 goals and 30 assists. He also had 174 penalty minutes, far below the previous two seasons when he led the NHL with totals above 250.

The 27-year-old Ontario native had eight goals and 12 assists after joining the Rangers. Avery, who spent most of the first two of his five NHL seasons with Detroit, has 50 goals, 84 assists and 913 penalty minutes in 322 career games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.