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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
“Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have,” Hicks said. “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.”
To which I say: Give me a break. You’re telling me Hicks hadn’t heard a word about Avery’s penchant for classlessness before he approved the $15.5 million over four years?
Count Hicks as another hypocritical, clueless owner. He had no problems with Avery in July, despite the long list of behavior issues. Now, the Stars have a higher standard.
So, if the Stars are so mortified by Avery and want to be done with him, what’s next?
How about a Rangers reunion?
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“This goes beyond hockey and beyond the game on the ice, and that’s what bothers me. We have talked and talked and talked about being on the edge within the game, but not going over the line. We told him from the start that he can not do things that would embarrass the organization. Ever since the start here, this organization has been built on class, and there is a responsibility to the organization, to the owner and his family, and to the city and the fans to maintain that class. Play hard, push the game on the ice, but do not embarrass the organization.”
-Brett Hull on Sean Avery. More from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars blog.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars’ forward Sean Avery indefinitely, pending a hearing with the league, and he will not be playing in tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames.
Avery is being suspended for disparaging remarks he made this morning in reference to Calgary player Dion Phaneuf and Phaneuf’s girl friend Elisha Cuthbert, who previously had a relationship with Avery.
added 6:21pm, Watch the video at TSN that got Avery into trouble.
Update 6:27pm ET (by Alanah): From Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page:
“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.”
added 7:51pm, from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Two thumbs up for the NHL.
Its decision to suspend controversial Dallas Stars winger Sean Avery is both justified and a relief.
added 9:10pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
If nothing else, you’d at least want to see if Avery backed up his macho statement on the ice, especially after Phaneuf leveled him. If Jarome Iginla didn’t flatten him first.
But, in its misguided effort to keep a squeaky-clean image, the NHL suspended Avery rather then let the drama play out on the ice.
Sports needs its villains, and the NHL refuses to play along with one of the best villains in any sport. It’s a mistake, especially for a sport that could use the boost of more mainstream attention.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As he emerged from the dressing area at the back of the visiting dressing room, he asked if a TSN camera were present.
When he saw that it was, Avery stepped in front of the microphones, didn’t wait for a question to be asked and started talking.
“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” began Avery. “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 (former girlfriends).
“I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”
And with that, Avery walked away and didn’t stick around to explain any further.
Tonight’s Stars/Flames should be a good one to catch on Center Ice!
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Dion Phaneuf is well aware Sean Avery will be coming after him tonight.
At least with his words.
Avery, one of the NHL’s premier—to put it politely—disturbers, doesn’t usually need a specific reason to verbally spar with opposing players.
Phaneuf, however, is a big target for Avery when he and the Dallas Stars take to the ice to face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.
Phaneuf’s is in a relationship with actress Elisha Cuthbert, who previously dated Avery.
FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for right wing Lauri Tukonen, who is currently playing for Lukko Rauma in the Finnish Elite League. Hutchinson is expected to join the Stars in time for their upcoming two-game road trip to Calgary and Edmonton.
from Five for Fighting,
We went down to the locker room and this was the scene: Guys like Krys Barch, Toby Petersen, Matt Niskanen, James Neal, Loui Eriksson… those were the ones remaining (wait, sorry, Sergei Zubov was in there, too). Now Marty Turco did come out, as did Darryl Sydor, but otherwise, most were cleared out by then.
Just don’t know what you can say at this point. There’s no building on positives with this group. They get behind and they fall apart. Coach Dave Tippett said this team needs its goaltender first and foremost: “Everybody has to do their part. Certain players we expect a lot more from, and it starts in goal with marty. Right now with our lineup, we just have to have good goaltending to give ourselves a chance.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
“Turco pushed the net,” Lemaire said. “It’s the third time that Turco does that, just against us. He goes like he’s going to stumble, and he just lays on the post, that’s what he does. It’s a trick, but now they’ll know. Next time, they’ll watch.”...
When told that Lemaire said that historically speaking, Turco had a history of doing that, Turco replied:
“When he played, they had steel pegs in there, and the net wasn’t coming off, And I don’t know how many times he was in front of the net, anyway…historically speaking.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Welcome to the Stars, where the harder the team digs in, the deeper the hole gets.
At some point in the transition from Western Conference finalist to NHL doormat, the Stars probably got too cocky.
Management probably looked too hard at taking the next step and adding the piece that would “beat Detroit.”
Players probably believed too much in the hype that they were Stanley Cup contenders and felt the magic would instantly return once they hit the ice.
Coaches probably trusted the players too much and allowed them to skate through a lackadaisical preseason.
via Andrew’s Dallas Stars Blog,
Steve Ott is expected to miss one month with a broken hand. This happened in the fight with Steve Montador the other night.
You can watch the video at Andrew’s blog…
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