The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars' winger Sean Avery indefinitely due to some remarks he made before Tuesday's game against the Calgary Flames, insulting the Flames' Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf is currently dating Avery's ex-girlfriend, hockey whore Elisha Cuthbert.
Avery told TSN on camera that, "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."
The league's suspension is legal under Article 6 of the NHL Constitution. It allows for suspension due to any conduct "detrimental to the League or game of hockey." As for Avery, he'll be meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before a final decision is made on his suspension.
Wow. I am kind of torn about this hockey happening. While there is a huge part of me that thinks certain other leagues could learn from this kind of crackdown (*cough*NFL*cough), I am not really entirely sure that the punishment fits the crime. Sure, Avery is the quintessential hockey bad boy and his latest smack talk does make the NHL resemble the WWE, but an indefinite suspension?? And frankly, Phaneuf did break off a piece of Avery's sloppy seconds anyway. Perhaps it would have been more gentlemanly to shut the hell up, but that's not why we love Avery. The NHL needs the help in marketing and bringing the game to a larger audience, so why punish one of the league's more colorful personnel?