I’ve never hid my hatred for Sean Avery. So tonight, I was actually looking forward to him meeting Jarome Iginla, who Avery had called “boring” earlier this season. Alas, that won’t happen. To no one’s surprise, Avery ran his mouth again, and before the game, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL.
That’s too bad. I’m not sure the comment itself is suspension-worthy – hey Colin, what about those hits from behind, eh? – but regardless, it means that Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Andre Roy won’t get their chance at taking a run at him.
That’s too bad.
And if you think his teammates are supporting him? Well, that’s just not the case.
Here’s Stars owner Tom Hicks (via Dallas Stars press release):
“I completely support the league’s decision to suspend Sean Avery,” said Dallas Stars owner Thomas O. Hicks. “Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have. This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”
His coach Dave Tippett (via Dallas Stars blog):
“It’s something that the league has taken action on and our owner has supported it. I think everyone in our room believes there is an integrity that has to go into the game _ a respect for the game and a respect for your opponents, and Sean crossed that line.”
And his teammates (via Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated):
Teammates were in the locker room when Avery spoke Tuesday, but didn’t necessarily hear his interview. Told what he said, most were not surprised.
“We expect that out of him like we have all year,” said goaltender Marty Turco, who was critical of Avery’s agitation of Brodeur during the playoffs when it happened. “You know, the show continues.”
Added forward Mike Ribeiro: “Nothing he says or does anymore shocks me. I think it’s part of him.”
Get the feeling they’re annoyed?