Oh, NHL, why do you not like natural rivalries? Why do you mess with a good thing?
I’m not a big Sean Avery fan, and probably never will be. As much as I dislike Martin Brodeur, I still couldn’t stand Avery acting like a jackass in front of him, making a mockery of the sport.
But still, when you are handed a golden ticket, such as this (via Eric McErlain at Fanhouse):
Sean Avery, in Calgary with the Dallas Stars to play the Flames and never one to shun the spotlight, actually summoned a camera crew from Canada’s TSN to deliver the following statement as reported by the Calgary Herald:
“Uh, I’m really happy to be back in Calgary. I love Canada.
“And 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.”
You use the golden ticket. You don’t do something stupid like this (via Kukla’s Korner):
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.
So, now, not only does the national audience not care about a bottom dwelling team taking on a mediocre Northwest Division team, but the tension that the local fans were hoping for is gone. If the NHL wanted to suspend Avery, they should have done it right after warmups and Dallas had committed to it’s 20 man roster for the game. Make things interesting, at least.