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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I knew it was a long shot, but I e-mailed the Dallas Stars asking whether Sean Avery would be interested in speaking with ESPN.com ahead of his big games next week in the New York area—Monday at the Rangers against his former team and Wednesday at New Jersey against Martin Brodeur.
Shockingly enough, I got a big “no” from the Stars.
“Sorry, but Mr. Avery is not doing any media right now,” Stars PR man Rob Scichili said in an e-mail. “He is not doing one-on-one/set-up interviews at all. He made that crystal clear to us yesterday.”
continued with more NHL topics inlcuding Duck, Avs and Fabian.
But the story of the night is obviously rookie Fabian Brunnstrom, who became the third guy in NHL history to get a hat trick in his debut.
Why didn’t the Swedish dude play in the first two games? That’s one of the questions we’ll ask when he head downstairs for postgame duties.
More at the Dallas Stars blog later, presumably.
*hat-tip to Roddie for the head’s up
from Razor With An Edge,
So what would Razor do to snap them out of their little funk?
Good Cop nurturing.
Bad Cop fanny kicking.
Good Cop wants to let them work through this, allow the leaders to grab ahold of the group and demand more.
Bad Cop wants to spark a flame thrower and singe some fuzzy arse hairs.
As Nashville play-by-play man Pete Webber said, it was a 3 ring circus out there. But I enjoyed the last ten seconds of the video, Avery was left speechless.
from Keeli Garza of Five for Fighting at the Star-Telegram,
Wow, where to start with this one. A total mess, and that is one aggravated, frustrated group right now. The woes of training camp are just spilling over, and it is producing some ugly, ugly hockey.
Coach Dave Tippett brought up the names Jere Lehtinen and Fabian Brunnstrom; as in, it may be time for these two to get into the lineup. Message to players: You’ve had your chance, you’re doing nothing, have a seat.
The tsk-tsk’s abound. Mike Ribeiro has been MIA. Loui Eriksson has done nothing. Insert name here has been bad, too.
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
The Chicago Blackhawks have claimed defenseman Doug Janik on waivers from the Dallas Stars and have traded him back to the Stars in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Tom Hicks was ready to talk hockey. The Dallas Stars’ owner sat in his downtown Dallas office on Tuesday, excited about the possibilities of the new season.
“In the last month we’ve been hearing from [co-general managers] Les [Jackson] and Brett [Hull], and Brett kind of clearly says the players think they’re going to win it all this year. They have a lot of confidence, and that’s a great starting point. You go back 10 years, I think we had that feeling we were going to win it all that year. We’re not as experienced a team as that one was, so you have a lot of unknowns that creep into it. But we have an opportunity to be special.”
Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.
Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
NHL tough guy Sean Avery reopened his feud with Don Cherry this week by stating the CBC commentator knows next to nothing about hockey.
“He’s a stable as far as Canadian hockey goes,” Avery said during interview on the CBC’s The Hour. “And I grew up watching Coach’s Corner, and he serves a purpose.
“But he really does not know shit about hockey.
“He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Brad Richards didn’t speak endlessly of his newfound peace at the start of training camp. But the few words he used spoke volumes for how he felt.
Comfortable. Excited. More excited, he said, than he’s been in a long time. He’s in tune with the Dallas Stars’ system. He’s close with his no-longer-new teammates. He gets it all — and then some.
“You get the jokes now, too,” he added. “I didn’t have a clue of them last year on the inside jokes. Now I’m starting to get them.”
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