posted on Dec, 4 2008 @ 08:00 PM
After watching the last Habs game, I know it's not over until that buzzer sounds. But they are playing well again tonight. Rangers are a strong
team too, so I'd be really happy to see them pull a big win out of this.
As for this Avery debacle, I hope he never plays another game in the NHL.
I've actually been a fan of his longer than most. Back with the Kings I always thought he was underrated and deserved more respect as an offensive
and gritty player. With the Rangers in a more prestigious hockey market, his grit and push was acknowledged a little more. In the playoffs last
year, it's not a stretch to say that he was one of their best players. Minus the off-ice shenanigans, he is worth the money he is being paid. But
with his attitude on and off the ice, his desire to be the center of attention, and willingness to fuel the fire with distracting drama... send him
overseas to play in front of Ray Emery.
He crossed the line with those comments. I didn't overly object to his tactics to screen Brodeur last year. Some of the people that criticized him
were the same people empathizing with Bertuzzi after the Moore incident. But combine everything that has gone on, his time is up. The beauty of it
is, he knows it. His back peddling since these comments were made show how far he stuck his foot in his mouth and that he finally regrets something
he has done.
Even if the NHL only comes down with a 5-10 game suspension, the Stars will add to it and probably send him somewhere he doesn't want to be. They
have no AHL affiliate and have much more wiggle room with where he can be shipped.