The NHL suspended Sean Avery for being Sean Avery today. Specifically, the league took issue with comments Avery made today about Dion Phaneuf’s relationship with Elisha Cuthbert, his former squeeze.
“I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said on camera this morning in Calgary. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. Enjoy the game tonight.”
This is the umpteenth example of why the Rangers made the right decision in cutting ties with Avery. He’s a good player in small doses. But not the type of guy you want around for four seasons.
If you haven’t seen the video, check it out “here”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/, along with the annoyed measured reaction from his Dallas teammates.
Updated, 8:04 p.m.: Two things on this, since it’s a fair point:
Yes, I liked covering Avery when he was in New York. How could you not? The guy was an endless source of entertainment, although not always for the right reasons.
But with that in mind, let’s not confuse what’s good for the press with what’s good for the team. If the two were synonymous, Jerry Seinfeld would be on the point on the Rangers’ power play.
What I’ve said all along is that Avery’s act was bound to wear thin with his teammates over time. And if you doubt that would have happened, I suggest you check out some of the Stars’ reaction to today.
All that being said, a league suspension does seem harsh for a guy just shooting his mouth. It sounds like more of a team matter to me, or better yet, something that the Flames and Stars could have settled on their own.