Sean Avery Suspended Indefinitely

Are you kidding me? Here’s what Sean Avery said that got him suspended today:

“I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada. 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.”

Look, it’s clear I have a man crush on Avery. Ever since I drove him to the photo shoot (by Elizabeth Lavin) for the profile we ran on him in the November issue of the “print product,” I’ve had a soft spot for him in my heart (and a more turgid spot for him elsewhere). But what he did was nothing but good ol’ fashioned pre-game trash talking. I mean, this is hockey, right? We’re not talking about cricket. Which makes Thomas O. Hicks’ comments even worse:

“I completely support the league’s decision to suspend Sean Avery. Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have.”

Maybe the league feels it has a reputation to protect. But Avery was signed explicitly because he says and does stuff like this. Hicks and Stars management should have come out and said, “Sean Avery sure does say the nuttiest things. We’re still Googling the Internet to figure out what ‘sloppy seconds’ are. Meantime, we’re appealing the suspension.”


Update: here’s co-GM Brett Hull in our November profile on why they signed Avery. The writer, Curt Sampson, poses the question: [W]e assume you’ll ask Avery to throttle back a little? “Absolutely not!” Hull says. “That’s exactly what we want! He’s got a fiery personality and he makes plays. He’ll add electricity. He’s gonna ruffle some feathers. We need to add some spice to what we have. Our core of Marty [Turco] and Mike [Modano] and Brenden — these guys are all great — but we need more bite.”

Hull was speaking primarily about on-ice conduct. But what you get there and what you get in front of the cameras before the game (“bite”) — it’s one in the same.


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24 responses to “Sean Avery Suspended Indefinitely”

  1. Bethany says:

    Where, exactly, is the soft spot in one’s heat located?

    I mean, is it where I think it is? If so, should it be near the word turgid?

  2. MushMouth says:

    I will gladly take any and all of Avery’s sloppy seconds

  3. WingFan says:

    Heaven forbid that the NHL put an entertaining product on the ice. I am starting to yearn for the days of the lockout.

  4. Tim Rogers says:

    @ Bethany: clearly a Freudian thing. Sorry. Fixed.

    I’m trying to get a comment out of Avery. Doubt I’ll be successful but doing what I can.

  5. Mister Fun says:

    Look…..I love the Stars just as much as anyone, but Avery is a tool. Before they signed him, Brendan Morrow (a gut you should REALLY have a man-crush on) said he “hated Avery’s guts.”

    Pretty strong stuff from a guy who never said ANYTHING like that about other agitators and REAL tough guys in the league.

    Avery has been a cancer in the room from the day he showed up…..Modano, Morrow, Ribero, and Richards all dislike the guy. He’s a classless, self serving fool who think he’s all that just because he wears scarves and interned at a fashion magazine. Big deal.

    He deserves the suspension…..the NHL has enough trouble attracting fans, and the Stars don’t need a moron like him futher destroying the chemistry this team had built last year.

  6. Dave Thomas says:

    Reading some other postings about this guy, it seems to me he might be the reason why this team sank to the bottom of the league this year. (Look here: )

    At first glance, this seems like a bit of an overreaction on the part of the NHL. They let two guys brawl for 2 minutes (see “Hockey Fight! Hockey Fight!” posting from a few days ago) when the refs could have stepped in after 20 seconds, but they suspend a guy indefinitely for a stupid verbal jab at an opposing player? It makes no sense to me.

  7. Bethany says:

    Wait – Pacman gets how many mulligans, Plaxico shoots himself with a gun in a nightclub, and Avery shoots off his mouth – a rather benign weapon – and gets suspended indefinitely?

    It’s called trash-talking. And given the sometimes listless play by the Stars, if it gets everyone fired up and playing hard, it’s a good thing. Avery is doing what he was hired to do.

  8. Obvious Man says:

    The league and most of the folks in it are getting really tired of Mr. Avery and his b.s. They don’t want to see their league become just another side show and more than it already has.

  9. Tim Rogers says:

    @ Obvious Man: thing is, we’re talking about hockey. When’s the last time we talked hockey on FrontBurner?

    You can’t ignore skills in favor of buzz. But a little misbehavior (especially of this benign type) is a good thing. It generates interest. Jerry Jones has known this for years. Tom Hicks could learn a thing or two from him.

  10. DM says:

    Oh please, who made this decision? Cuthbert’s mom? Elizabeth has the morals of a Hilton. Sorry Sean you got totally dissed on this.

  11. Kirk says:

    Name one positive thing that has happened to the Stars since Avery was brought onboard. Aside from his making Tim Rogers one of Avery’s sloppy seconds, I mean.

  12. Rawlins Gilliland says:

    Suspending this guy because over his wayward crack?

  13. KR says:

    On Fox4’s 10pm sportscast Mike Doocy was oh so clever. After reporting the incident and using “former girlfriend” instead of sloppy seconds he went to highlights of toinight’s Stars game and said “in the second period the Stars got sloppy”. Very Clever!

  14. Droopydave says:

    @KR – Dale Hansen said it was the opposite of what Captain Kirk said: “Where no man has gone before.”

  15. Mbuckingham says:

    so he should be in my opinion!

  16. Eddy Tore says:

    Sorry to nitpick, but no one else is saying it and it must be said: “one AND the same” not “IN the same.” Sheesh.

  17. Tim Rogers says:

    @ Eddy: I’m mortified. Thank you.

  18. Drew says:

    Nancy? Hot hockey mama. Where are you on this?

  19. allison says:

    A) You cannot tell me that Avery’s comment was worse than the trash talking that happens during games.

    B) You want a league of gentlemen? Start on the ice. See above.

    C) Gary Bettman is a joke. Avery is suspended INDEFINITELY, but Bettman let Bryan Marchmant roll (glide, I guess) around maliciously injuring people. Marchmant should have been thrown out permanently but instead received suspensions for 2, 6, and 8 games. He was a cancer more than Avery will ever be.

    D) The suspension decision should have been left to the team. If the league is going to allow fighting (see previous post) and trash talking on the ice, they have no business throwing down suspensions this severe for off-ice quips. Team management decides what kind of players they want. If the team management doesn’t want their players running their mouths to the media, team management should make the call as to whether or not he plays.

    That being said, should the comment been reserved for friends? Yes. But I have to admit I laughed out loud when I heard it. Two of his exes were picked up by other players. I mean, he has a point.

  20. Thomas Train says:

    a.) the trash talking is worse during the game. But it’s not public. Duh.
    b.) We’re talking context, lady. Nobody wants gentlemen ON the ice. This is an off ice issue.
    c.) He is? Why? The game is much better off than pre-strike both financial and they way it is played.
    d.) he made the league and the team look bad. why does it matter who did it?

  21. Drew says:

    Why does Avery look like K-Fed in this photo?

  22. Puddin'Tane says:

    I’m shocked Avery didn’t feel at home in Dallas! You know- a Douche among his peers.


  23. Check The Man Card says:

    That picture is so gay.

  24. meatcurtains says:

    avery is so hot right now