There seems to be some confusion about what Sean Avery was fined for by Colin Campbell, despite my best efforts to clarify as much. Again, Avery was not fined for anything he said or didn’t say to Jason Blake or Darcy Tucker, but for getting into a scrum during warm-ups for the second time in a week.
Here are Campbell’s words exactly:
“The unprofessional conduct of Avery in initiating this altercation, less than a week after being involved in an incident in the pre-game warm-up against New Jersey, is the basis for this discipline.”
Now, if you want to read between the lines as others have done and say that the Blake controversy was the straw that broke the camel’s back in bringing Avery to Toronto, it’s at least an argument you can make. But let’s be clear that the league is not punishing Avery for his words.
In other news, reader Kevin D. “in his own blog”:http://nyrangersblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/why-cant-i-vote-for-sean-avery-as-nhl.html questions why Avery isn’t on the ballot for the All-Star team.
Do I smell a conspiracy? More like incompetence. Remember, Martin Straka wasn’t on the ballot last year when he was arguably a worthy selection.
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