Sean Avery vs the Flames, His Own Teammates, His Ex, The World…

by Kristine

This morning in Calgary, Tippet attempted to convince people that there is no Iginla vs Avery feud brewing.

Standing up for a player is a coach’s duty, and Tippett had given it his level best Tuesday morning. “The distraction has been much overblown,” was one attempt.

His reward for trying to shield Avery?

To be undermined by the guy himself.

“The thing about it is, Aves doesn’t talk much to anybody,” Tippett had said a few minutes before reporters were given access to the Stars players. “And you guys are still going on a piece from this summer” — Avery’s much-publicizied opinion that Flames captain Jarome Iginla is “not exciting enough” for the NHL — “and we’re way past that. The only people talking about it are you guys.”

Will he talk to the media today, ventured one reporter?

“It would be totally up to him,” answered Tippett. “I doubt it. I really doubt it. And why would he?”

Little did he know, sneaky Sean Avery had other ideas. He apparently made sure the media was paying attention before releasing this gem on them.

“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.”

Of course, giving Iginla a verbal slap in the face over the summer wasn’t enough for good old Aves. He also had to drag his ex, Elisha Cuthbert, and her new beau, Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf, into it as well. Although the younger Stars apparently were “shrieking and cackling” at the remark, Turco spoke out in a different way.

Told that Avery appears to have challenged Phaneuf, Turco said: “Well, hopefully, he doesn’t back down . . . and he shows up like a man. But we expect that out of him, like we have all year. The show continues.”

Distracting?

“Well, you’d like to think not,” Turco said. “We’re all competitive enough and focused to get out there and do our job. When it continues over time . . . things certainly can be (a distraction). I don’t think, overall, he’s been the one and only disappointment for our team. When you’re trying to build up, from the basement, like we are, you need everyone focused in. Hopefully, those words are echoed from his focus . . . But it all remains to be seen.”

Basically, Turco called Avery out for being a distraction and a disappointment. It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to know how he feels about the Star’s most controversial addition, although the point can be made that Turco really isn’t one to talk about focus right now.

At this point, how can Hull possibly say there is no locker room tension centered around Avery? Turco is one of the more outspoken guys on the team, but even Modano has had some words with the media about him. If these two feel this way, I’m sure there are others on the team who do as well.

In any case, tonight’s game will be an interesting one. Will Phaneuf and Inigla retaliate on the ice? Will Avery back down if they do? Will the Stars come to his defense either way? And, much more importantly, will the Stars finally be able to get back-to-back wins?

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One Comment to “Sean Avery vs the Flames, His Own Teammates, His Ex, The World…”

  1. At first I was like OH SNAP! Then I thought, you know, that is just a real jerk thing to say. It’s disrespectful to her and to their relationship. You may think it, you just don’t say it.

    The NHL suspended him, so at least he wont be an issue tonight.

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