So Sean Avery is suspended indefinitely by the league.
Good. It’s about time.
For those who didn’t hear, Avery, who plays for the Dallas Stars, made the following comments following a practice in Calgary.
“I’m just going to say one thing. I’m 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, but enjoy the game tonight.”
One of his former girlfriends, Elisha Cuthbert, is dating Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf.
Avery deserves to be suspended. It’s one thing to say someone isn’t a good hockey player, or to call a goalie fatso, but when you bring people who aren’t part of the game into it with personal attacks, that crosses the line.
He likes to say that he doesn’t follow the hockey media, but he does. He’s proven it in his comments (like when he called Brodeur fatso, he mentioned how everyone calls Brodeur classy: how could he know that without following the media?). He probably has a Google alert with his name so he can read everything about himself. Heck, he’s probably reading this blog post.
You know how to get him back? Ignore him. Instead of hitting Avery with a clean hit, focus on Mike Modano. Everytime Modano is flattened to the ice legally, look at Avery. Then do it to Mike Riberio. And the rest of the team’s stars. Focus the energy on them, and flattened them every chance you get.
If that happened, you’d probably see Avery either scratched or demoted. Eventually, he’d be out of the league because no one would want to be his team mate.