Dec 022008
 

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?

  • http://aviewfromabroad.wordpress.com Justine Galo

    Read what I feel about those comments.

    Worthy of suspension? According to the NHL it was. Calling your ex GF “sloppy seconds” in public to agitate an opponent in the manner he did…is suspension worthy. Detriment to the league and his team

  • http://aviewfromabroad.wordpress.com Justine Galo

    Read what I feel about those comments.

    Worthy of suspension? According to the NHL it was. Calling your ex GF “sloppy seconds” in public to agitate an opponent in the manner he did…is suspension worthy. Detriment to the league and his team

  • http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2000/11/30/brashear0001130.html Laker

    Recall when Brashear got into an altercation with a security guard in Vancouver at his apartment?

    I don’t believe the NHL suspended Brashear for this? I can’t confirm, but I think the nucks may have benched him for a game.

    What Avery said was ridiculous sure. I am not sure it’s the League’s domain to suspend him for that though. Particularly in light of letting things like Brashear’s incident go unchecked.

    If anyone was to suspend him it should have been the stars, not the league.

  • http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2000/11/30/brashear0001130.html Laker

    Recall when Brashear got into an altercation with a security guard in Vancouver at his apartment?

    I don’t believe the NHL suspended Brashear for this? I can’t confirm, but I think the nucks may have benched him for a game.

    What Avery said was ridiculous sure. I am not sure it’s the League’s domain to suspend him for that though. Particularly in light of letting things like Brashear’s incident go unchecked.

    If anyone was to suspend him it should have been the stars, not the league.

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