Posts tagged ‘Misbehavior’

December 5, 2008

Sean Avery Needs Professional Help

by Kristine

Sean Avery has been suspended for six games, retroactive to Tuesday’s game, but the real story here is this…

Avery also agreed to seek professional anger-management evaluation and, if necessary, structured counseling in light of his pattern of behavior, which the NHL has deemed unacceptable and antisocial.
NHL.com press release

You know, I’ve been saying for a while now that his behavior at times really reminds me of somebody with antisocial personality disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines APD as “a type of chronic mental illness in which [a person’s] ways of thinking, perceiving situations and relating to others are dysfunctional.” Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

In any case, I’m a lot less interested in the league’s action than I am in seeing what the Stars decide. As I’m sure you’ve heard, they were trying to send him to the minors even before Tuesday’s SloppyGate, and the Moose already didn’t want him. In light of that, and the comments being made by the Stars Brass and veterans, it seems inevitable that Avery’s time as a Dallas Star is very, very limited. I’m going on the record now with my prediction: by the time his suspension is over – the last game of it is December 13 – the Stars will have found a way to get rid of him.

Update: Oh snap. In one of the more surprising turn of events so far, Tracey Myers has this quote from Brett Hull, about Avery needing professional help: “That was brought up by him. He made the phone call.” It’s easy to see why he might make that call. Imagine that you’ve got this image of yourself. You think you’re liked by the teams you play or have played for, that people see you as annoying to play against but still skilled, that you’re funny, and so on. Then this comes out, and you find out that people you play with are irritated by you instead of amused, that you really only have a job because you’re buddies with a GM who was willing to take a chance (and who is now fed up), and that a minor league team wouldn’t take you. I imagine the large disconnect would send at least some message through.

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December 2, 2008

Sean Avery Suspended

by Kristine

UPDATE: Apparently Sean Avery went and got himself indefinitely freaking suspended for his little stunt. Ugh. -20 off ice points for pulling a stupid publicity stunt that ended up hurting his team, all because he can’t keep his big mouth shut.

Also, TSN has video of Turco, Mo, and Richards reacting plus the actual comment from Avery. The videos, titled “No Surprise” and “A New Low” respectively, are in a column on the right side of the page.

The saga continues: Apparently Hicks approves of the league’s action.

“I completely support the league’s decision to suspend Sean Avery,” said Dallas Stars owner Thomas O. Hicks. “Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have. This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”

Honestly, it’s about time somebody upstairs finally holds Avery responsible for his behavior. I’m relieved to hear that Hicks is not as easily swayed by Avery’s charms – a term I use lightly – as Hull seems to be.

On another note, it will be very, very interesting to see if there’s a shift in how the Stars play without Avery in their line-up during his suspension.

More reactions from the Stars Brass after the jump…

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December 2, 2008

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?

November 19, 2008

Hull, Lehtinen, and Smith (+Avery Drama)

by Chelsea

Not Mike Smith.

Will Smith.

Yeah… our Stars got to roll with the big stars last night!

In other news, Brett Hull was speaking like a true hillbilly:

Hull: That’s complete (bull). I tried to nip that in the bud on the radio. There’s no turmoil whatsoever on this team. All the rumors you hear of Sean Avery are so (bleeping) (bull) — he’s been great. He’s our leading plus-minus guy. He’s been playing hard, (shoot), he’s playing (bleeping) hurt.

The rest of the interview is here. All interesting, but I wonder – is Avery really hiding an injury?

Lastly, Lehtinen is going to be out 7-10 days with an upper body injury, unrelated to the one that kept him out for the first part of the season.

I wonder if it has anything to do with this awkward moment:

Update:

“According to sources who were on the ice at the time, Boston center Marc Savard was settling in for a face off against 38-year-old Mike Modano in the third period when he said, “Too bad you’ll be retiring after having played with those clowns.” (referring to Ott and that worthless idiot Avery). Modano replied, “I know.”

….

“What’s he going to say? Thats not something I would have done, but everyone has a prerogative to speak his mind.” – Avery, on Modano.

(Rest of the article quotes here, with thanks to dane3263 who posted about the piece)

Hull can’t honestly say that there’s absolutely no Modano-Avery controversy.

I’m sick of the Stars being a joke this season. If it was because of injuries, or problems at home, or just regular slumping, that’s one thing. Instead, it’s locker room discord. Is it too much to ask for Avery to take a permanent vacation? Or for Modano to suck it up for the sake of the team?

November 15, 2008

Robidas Votes Removed

by Kristine

“The NHL is stupid.”

So, anyone that’s checked the All-Star Games starting line voting leader board may have noticed that votes were removed from a majority of the players, probably in an attempt to make up for cheating.

Most obvious are the votes removed from the Dallas Stars, removing Mike Ribeiro from first place, removing Morrow and Turco from anywhere near the top, and knocking Modano and Robidas off the board completely.

Also obvious: the Canadiens, who started this cheating scandal, are still all hovering at 200k votes – each. That fills the entire Eastern Conference with Habs, who thanks to the new no-cheat restrictions in voting, have their win pretty much cemented. For the West, its no surprise that the Red Wings seem to have gotten a boost when all the other players had votes removed.

We put a lot of cheat-free work into putting Robidas, Morrow, Ribeiro, Modano, and Turco at the top where we felt they belonged. This kind of obvious rigging that negates our efforts is just an embarrassment. For shame, NHL, for shame.

October 12, 2008

Avery Loses Points

by Chelsea

Sean agrees to do an interview. TSN shows up to do the interview. Sean walks around cursing at them and refuses to do the interview. Sean won’t pay attention to the coach. Sean is like a soap opera.

In this video (small box on the right side), we hear about how Sean Avery is bringing a certain kind of eccentric to the Dallas Stars. Personally, I’m not feeling it. You see him wandering around instead of listening to Tippett.  You see him acting like a jerk to the people from TSN. You see Morrow struggle to express his feelings for Sean in a nice, ambiguous way.

Off-Ice SHR +/- Update:

Brenden Morrow: for making such an effort to get along with and even respect someone he previously hated, and for trying to be a tolerant captain while still enforcing the rules; +5
Sean Avery: for disrespecting the team, the coaches, the captain, and TSN; -5
Marty Turco: for saying “it’s like MTV, you know, but it’s like SeanTV”; +1

October 12, 2008

Sean Avery Misbehaves

by Chelsea

Or, “Sean Avery Eats A Big Bowl of Stupid”.

The question everyone’s been asking since we signed Sean Avery this summer: Will he provide grit and skill, or just get himself stupid penalties?

The question everyone’s asking now: How many more stupid penalties until he learns his lesson, or until we stop trusting him enough to actually give him ice time?

During the 10/11/08 game against the Nashville Predators, a fight broke out between our BJ Crombeen and Greg de Vries. Avery, apparently getting a little Incredible Hulk with his testosterone, proceeded to get into it with Predator Dan Hamhuis. Both were handed misconducts for breaking the “second altercation” rule.

Allow me to interrupt here to say that each player is allowed two misconducts per season. The third earns them a one-game suspension. For each misconduct after that, the suspension is increased by one game.

This is important because, moments later, Avery earned himself a second misconduct. This time, he apparently persisted in disputing the official’s call.

All in all, I’m beginning to wonder how much of our A-grade pest we’ll be seeing this season.

More information here.

October 11, 2008

Another Suspension

by Chelsea

A rather odd trend is appearing in games already, having happened twice within 6 games.

As everyone probably knows by now, Blackhawks’ Ben Eager was suspended during the 10/02/08 preseason game with our Dallas Stars. Having been provoked endlessly by Sean Avery, he swung his stick at his head. He got suspended for three games.

Last night, at the 10/10/08 season opener at the AAC, it happened again. Blue Jackets’ Michael Peca is facing possibly a 10-game suspension after supposedly assaulting a linesman. According to this article, Peca was tripped up by Star Brenden Morrow, who turned around and scored. Peca’s emotions apparently got away from him, and he physically grabbed a linesman to plead his case. However, there’s speculation that he also (possibly accidentally) hit the official with his hockey stick. We won’t know until later what the official verdict is.

Nothing like some good ol’ Stars frustration.

Edit: Peca is suspended indefinitely, and will be appealing the suspension next week.

October 3, 2008

Quick Note

by Kristine

Eww. Why did we give Palin a jersey? Not to bring politics into it too much but I’m really not her biggest fan. I think she’s ridiculous, actually, and I am not proud that the team is supporting her. Where’s Obama’s jersey??

Link to article on DallasStars.com here.