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Wrong Guy Handed Down The Avery Suspension

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Hockey players take great pride in never shirking their responsibilities to the sport. They’d rather crawl off the ice dragging a broken leg behind them than writhe around like an Italian soccer player with a hangnail. As the superb Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker once wrote, “If Abraham Lincoln had been a hockey player, the day after the Ford’s Theater incident, he’d have been listed as ‘slight headache; will play.’”

So when Avery made his senseless remark — the latest in a series — he broke no laws, but he absolutely shattered hockey’s code.

This was his transgression and it was certainly deserving of the league’s action.

But the question that remains unanswered is this: Why was Bettman involved? This was a matter concerning hockey’s code of acceptable behavior, and where is there the slightest indication that Bettman has even the most cursory familiarity with that?

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Press Conference Transcript: Bettman on the Avery Suspension

Q. How did you come to settle on the number of six games, and two, had you spoken to the Stars before you decided on the suspension by the league? I get the feeling that they were going to take action if you had not.

        COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: Let me take the second question first. What we have done is reflect the league response. This is what we felt was the appropriate response to what Sean Avery said, and what the Stars choose to do or not do is up to them. And you’ll have to talk to them if you would like their guidance in that regard.

        With respect to the six games, as all of you who cover the game know, there is no formula that ever gets you to a particular number in disciplinary cases with precision. You have to do your evaluating based upon the entirety of the circumstances, what you think is correct.

        What was guiding me in this case was a number of factors. One, we needed to be clear that this was the type of conduct that we did not view as acceptable and not representative of what our players do.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, sean+avery, suspension

Possible Destinations For Avery

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

So, the teams that might consider an Avery trade would have to be teams that are looking to unload their own bad long-term contracts.

Some options worth exploring:

Sergei Samsonov, LW, Carolina - With just two goals and a minus-6 rating in 26 games, Samsonov still has two years and $5.3-million left on his contract after this season.  It’s a bad deal, but probably not as bad as Avery’s, so the Stars would probably have to sweeten the offer….

Jason Blake, LW, Toronto - Though he’s played better in recent games, it’s still fair to say that Blake hasn’t lived up to expectations with the Maple Leafs.

read on with some trade talk too…

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Stars Should Have…

from Razor With An Edge,

Because twenty-five games into this season the franchise finds itself wallowing in controversy, losses and depth issues. But would different decisions in the summer have been able to pave a different path in the opening 2 months of this disappointing campaign?

Here are 5 that might have:

1. Keep Hagman/Spurn Avery…Nik Hagman had value in a lot of areas. He was a good teammate, an effective and deadly penalty killer (Stars PK is currently 27th), a workaholic, durable, and could be counted on for 25 goals…

3. A Better Backup Goalie…With Marty Turco’s struggles this is much more imperative than it looked 6 months ago. The club has almost always been blessed with talented, game winning backups. Roman Turek, Arturs Irbe, Manny Fernandez, Marty Turco, Johan Hedberg, Dan Ellis, Mike Smith, Johan Holmqvist….

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Six Games For Avery

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The verdict is in, and Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery will be sitting out a little while longer for the inappropriate comments he made earlier this week.

The National Hockey League announced Friday morning that Avery has been suspended for six games, without pay, retroactive to Tuesday’s game in Calgary, as a result of the comments he made Tuesday morning after the his team’s morning skate at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Avery also agreed to seek professional anger-management evaluation and, if necessary, structured counseling in light of his pattern of behavior, which the NHL has deemed unacceptable and antisocial behavior.

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added 10:55am, Officiall release from the NHL on Avery…

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Sean Avery—Decision Pending

From NHL.com:

After the meeting,  [Brett] Hull spoke to the media outside the building before leaving and said that he expected a decision by later today or Friday. Avery departed after Hull and did not speak to reporters as he was escorted to a waiting car.

If a decision comes down today from the NHL, we’ll be sure to update this post.

Incidentally, Eric McErlain at AOL’s NHL Fanhouse published an interesting interview today that relates to another recent Avery incident. 

update 6:18pm, The NHL will release their decision Friday morning regarding Avery.

 

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  Tags: brett+hull, sean+avery, suspensions

What Could Happen To Avery

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Avery’s personal publicist reached out to the Stars’ organization first thing Wednesday morning in an effort to get Avery an audience with his teammates so he could apologize to them.

The Stars made it clear to Avery’s representative that the door was not open for that to happen at this time and perhaps not at all.

The Stars, it would seem, are not in the mood for reconciliation. The Avery-inflicted wounds - in the dressing room, in the coaches’ offices, in the front office and the ownership suite - are just too raw and fresh at this point. And they may never heal to the point to allow him a way back in.

more and with this story, I am closing the Avery talk.  I have had enough and until something official comes out from either the Stars or the NHL, no more Avery talk from me.  Perhaps I should turn my attention to Sundin non-news?

added 7:38pm, via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

“I would like to sincerely apologize for my off-color remarks to the press yesterday from Calgary,” said a statement obtained by SportingNews.com.

“I should not have made those comments and I recognize that they were inappropriate. It was a bad attempt to build excitement for the game, but I am now acutely aware of how hurtful my actions were. I caused unnecessary embarrassment to my peers as well as people I have been close with in the past.

“I apologize for offending the great fans of the NHL, the Commissioner, my teammates, my coaching staff and the Dallas Stars Management and Ownership. As many of you know, I like to mix it up on and off the ice from time to time, but understand that this time I took it too far.”

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Brooks On Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman’s decision to indefinitely suspend Avery pending a hearing tomorrow in New York is extraordinary, unprecedented, and most importantly, an abuse of power that the NHLPA must vigorously oppose even if a vast majority of its membership would just as soon see Page Six Sean receive a dishonorable discharge from the NHL.

This suspension must be challenged in an independent forum where the burden of proof would be placed on the commissioner to demonstrate that saying the words “sloppy seconds” represents “[conduct] detrimental to [the NHL] or the game of hockey,” as Bettman is claiming in citing the language in By-Law 17 and Article 6 of the NHL constitution as grounds for imposing discipline.

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You do know there is a very simple solution to all of this?  Stars waive Avery, he clears, spends a few weeks in the minors.  Stars recall Sean, he gets picked up by Calgary.  Case settled!!!

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Would You Want Avery?

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?

read on and would you want Avery to be a member of your team, vote below…

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Morning Line

“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.

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