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El-Gonzo Jackson
12-02-2008, 07:27 PM
Avery is a joke. This is completely classless.

Avery suspended indefinitely for comments about ex-girlfriend, Phaneuf
ESPN.com news services

Updated: December 2, 2008, 7:16 PM ET


DALLAS -- Sean Avery is in trouble with the NHL again, this time for thinly veiled comments about a foe dating his former girlfriend.

Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Avery indefinitely Tuesday hours after the Dallas Stars pest made "inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game." Avery will meet with Bettman before his punishment is settled. That get-together is likely to happen soon.

Avery's inflammatory comments came following a morning skate in Calgary, where the Stars were playing the Flames on Tuesday night.

Avery approached a group of reporters, asked if a camera was present, then said he wanted to say one thing.


"I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada," he said. "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."

Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, is dating Calgary defensman Dion Phaneuf and had been romantically linked to Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens. Avery also dated model and actress Rachel Hunter, the girlfriend of Los Angeles Kings center Jarrett Stoll.

"I completely support the league's decision to suspend Sean Avery," Stars owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. "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."

Dallas signed Avery to a $15.5 million, four-year deal in July, hoping his grittiness would help last season's Western Conference finalists. Instead, the injury-riddled Stars went into Tuesday night's game with only 20 points, fewest in the Western Conference and near the bottom of the NHL.

This is Avery's third team in as many seasons and fourth of his career. Despite his tough-guy image on the ice, he's become a celebrity beyond the sports world through his interest in fashion, including an internship with "Vogue" magazine.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3740267

pittsburghp8baller
12-02-2008, 07:57 PM
good move by the NHL. Avery has once more dropped a notch in my books, and i thought he couldnt go any lower. to bad Avery couldnt be in the lineup to see how phaneuf would of handled it. im sure phaneuf would of went after him but like usual avery would of put his tail between his leg and skated to the bench.

on a side note, i really need to find a girl like cuthbert, extremely hot, wealthy and loves hockey as much as me.

SteelCityMan786
12-02-2008, 08:47 PM
Good move. The guy needs some time out to get his head on straight.

pittsburghp8baller
12-02-2008, 10:08 PM
Good move. The guy needs some time out to get his head on straight.

i dont think any amount of time off would get his mind straight

X-Terminator
12-02-2008, 10:46 PM
Avery has officially surpassed Darcy Tucker and Claude Lemieux as the biggest douchebag in NHL history. As much as I hate those guys - and you can throw in Dale Hunter, Ken "The Rat" Linseman and Dino Ciccarelli in there - they would never, EVER stoop to this level. I hope the guy deep-sixed his career not just with the Stars, but in the NHL in general. Most of the Stars can't stand him anyway and would love to see him gone. But for me, suspending him did nothing but protect his sorry ass - the proper punishment would have been to allow Dion Phaneuf an instigator-free beat down, and the refs are only to step in when Avery is unconscious and laying in a pool of blood. That's exactly what that piece of garbage deserves.

El-Gonzo Jackson
12-03-2008, 12:36 AM
- the proper punishment would have been to allow Dion Phaneuf an instigator-free beat down, .

A little "old tyme hockey"......now that's a great idea. :thumbsup:

brick
12-03-2008, 08:22 AM
he doesn't even surprise me anymore with the things he says or does, just a jerk all around.

revefsreleets
12-03-2008, 08:49 AM
I heard the audio...this was totally scripted, it was pretty much all he said, and he was mostly just trying to get a rise out of people.

The best thing to do is ignore this kind of behaviour...

KeiselPower99
12-03-2008, 09:04 AM
Sloppy seconds huh?? No offense but id drink that chicks dirty bath water. Just a double wrap and im jumping in. But the guy is a douchebag

devilsdancefloor
12-03-2008, 09:14 AM
lol he is extremely good at getting under the skin of whomever he is playing and now he is doing it to fans. He is that type of goon you hate unless he is on your team.

pittsburghp8baller
12-03-2008, 12:11 PM
lol he is extremely good at getting under the skin of whomever he is playing and now he is doing it to fans. He is that type of goon you hate unless he is on your team.

yea, i dont think any wants him on their team right now. most people on the stars dont even acknowledge him anymore. the only reason he is still in the NHL is because he can somewhat hold his own playing on the third/fourth line.

i would be pissed if the pens for whatever reason got him

steelpride12
12-03-2008, 05:32 PM
Sorry guys as much as a dumbass Avery is i don't agree with the punishment.
We have the freedom of speech and it's not like his statement was so harsh or anything.
The league was out to get this kid anyway reminds of a young Jagr.

devilsdancefloor
12-03-2008, 08:38 PM
i wouldnt mind if the blackhawks could get him. i miss the days of the goon line
:wink02: i actually think he is still a star because of brett hull

X-Terminator
12-05-2008, 10:36 AM
Avery gets 6 games:

The National Hockey League came down hard on Dallas Stars superpest Sean Avery Thursday, handing him a six-game suspension for making inappropriate public comments prior to the Stars' game in Calgary on Tuesday.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday's game against the Flames, with four more games to be served.

"Mr. Avery has expressed remorse for his recent comments and has sought a professional anger management evaluation," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a league-issued statement. "I will require that he follow through with that process as a condition of his returning to the ice and that he complies with any and all recommendations."

Avery and Stars co-general manager Brett Hull met with Bettman Thursday in New York after being given an indefinite suspension on Tuesday.

Perhaps the most hated man in hockey, Avery made headlines for all the wrong reasons after making disparaging remarks about ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, the Canadian-born actress currently dating Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf.

His comments were strongly condemned by Dallas coach Dave Tippett and owner Tom Hicks.

Avery, who signed a four-year, $15 million deal with the Stars this past summer, has three goals and 10 points in 23 games this season.

He spent the previous 1 1/2 seasons with the New York Rangers and got plenty of attention last spring after using questionable tactics to block the view of New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

It's not the first has gotten himself into trouble. While with the Los Angeles Kings from 2003 to 2007, Avery publicly criticized management of the Players' Association and NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, made disparaging remarks about French Canadians wearing visors and was involved in heated arguments with Anaheim Ducks broadcaster Brian Hayward and Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=258527&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_main

steelreserve
12-05-2008, 12:10 PM
Much as I dislike the guy, political correctness is not something you should be suspended over. Another proud step toward the pussification of America.

When this story first came out, I was pretty interested to see what it was that he actually said. I was disappointed it wasn't worse than that. I thought "hockey wh0re" would have had a much better ring to it.

cubanstogie
12-05-2008, 12:19 PM
I don't follow hockey at all, so I don't know this guys past behavior or history I will admit but this punishment way to severe for this "crime". The guy doesn't have class obviously but a lot of people don't. Harry Reids "don't have to smell the tourists" comes to mind. 6 games for a stupid remark is way to severe IMHO.

X-Terminator
12-05-2008, 02:47 PM
Much as I dislike the guy, political correctness is not something you should be suspended over. Another proud step toward the pussification of America.

When this story first came out, I was pretty interested to see what it was that he actually said. I was disappointed it wasn't worse than that. I thought "hockey wh0re" would have had a much better ring to it.

I think it was his career of douchebaggery on and off the ice that earned him the suspension, and this incident was the last straw. More of the league saying "enough is enough."

pittsburghp8baller
12-05-2008, 03:35 PM
I think it was his career of douchebaggery on and off the ice that earned him the suspension, and this incident was the last straw. More of the league saying "enough is enough."

yea i gotta agree, this was more of a last straw suspension as it was for jus on that comment. Sad thing is he probably will never learn and this will add more fuel to the fire that is his douchebaggery.

steelreserve
12-05-2008, 04:15 PM
I think it was his career of douchebaggery on and off the ice that earned him the suspension, and this incident was the last straw. More of the league saying "enough is enough."

I guess maybe you could say it was the same idea as MLB with John Rocker. That I could understand a little more.

But I'm still of the opinion that unless they find out you're a practicing member of the KKK or something like that, you should only actually get suspended for stuff that violates the rules of the game, or if you do something illegal. The guy may be a jerk, but by itself that's not a crime. IMO, they should've waited for him to screw up again in something related to the game. It's not like there's a whole lot of doubt he'd do that, probably sooner rather than later.

SteelCityMan786
12-05-2008, 10:25 PM
I think it was his career of douchebaggery on and off the ice that earned him the suspension, and this incident was the last straw. More of the league saying "enough is enough."

You hit the nail on the head. The NHL stepped up and told Avery enough is enough. There is no reason to do something like that in front of the media. Especially when his ex-girlfriend can have him arrested for it to.