December 3, 2008

More Avery Analysis

Eric Duhatschek, The Globe & Mail

Did Avery breach his contract?

"Here's a refresher course from page 2, article 2 (e), in which Avery agreed — among other things — "to conduct himself on and off the rink according to the highest standard of honesty, morality, fair play and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey."


"The larger question, though, is did Avery also cross a legal boundary line and if so, could the Stars void that rich payout on the grounds that Avery breached a contract that the two sides agreed to, in good faith, only five months before?"

Mark Spector, Sportsnet

Stars locker room closed to Avery

"I'm trying to build a team where the players care about each other, that has continuity," Tippett said outside the Dallas dressing room prior to Wednesday night's game at Rexall Place against the Edmonton Oilers. "I find it hard to believe that Sean could come back in the room and we would have that continuity.

"My job is to build the best team possible," he continued. "I don't know if we can build the best team possible with Sean in the room."

Bob McKenzie, TSN

Avery's future in Dallas in doubt

"It's too early to say with 100 per cent certainty that Sean Avery will never play another game for the Dallas Stars, but it is fair to say his future with the NHL team in very much in question. Very much.

So much so that Avery's attempt to issue an apologize to his teammates and the organization through the organization was summarily rejected by the club today.

Sources tell TSN that Avery's personal publicist reached out to the Stars' president on Wednesday morning in an effort to get the club, in conjunction with Avery, to issue a formal apology by means a press release.

The Stars made it clear to Avery's representative that the door was not open for that to happen, that they wanted nothing to do with it. Avery later in the day issued a press release apology of his own that was not issued or sanctioned by the team."

Avery is expected to meet with Commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday in New York at noon ET. The punishment is expected to be handed shortly afterwards, which should make for a very, very interesting "NHL Hour", Bettman's radio show on XM Home Ice, at 4 pm.

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Scotty G said...

Seems to me the NHL is overreacting.
I understand that you want to promote sportsmanship, and maybe making sure the cameras were on him wasn't the greatest move by avery...
But that's just who he is. If he had said it on the ice, not infront of the cameras, there'd be no reaction. Simply put, the NHL is grittier than Gary Bettman or the other NHL bigwigs want you to believe.
I say let them settle it on the ice.

BrettB in STL said...

Simply Put is my blog Scotty G, and I agree, the NHL and everyone is acting like this is a big deal. Sloppy Seconds!! Players say far worse stuff on the ice. As the old saying goes, "Stick and stones may break my bones, but words can't hurt me."

How about the media focus a little bit more on the NBA's dwindling ratings, fans, and the the NFL's players joining a secret society of wannabe thugs shooting themselves? And let the only real man's sport fight it out..