"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."
The Calgary Herald offers its interpretation:
The jab, of course, is directed at Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating Avery's ex-girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert. The actress, reportedly, also dated Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens.
I think the reason they suspended him is because would a fight or injury happen between those two, it would of created alot of bad press for the NHL
well i don't know about you guys, but they probably just saved avery's life. You put me in a situation where people are supposed to smash and hit eachother right after one of the other people insulted my girlfriend, i'm sure some of you would be thinking the same thing as me.
they probably say worse to each other on the ice however the fact it was made to media is why he is being suspended. Like you say, image wise for the NHL.
fact is, Avery has made more than one idiotic comment directed about the league and players, he was already on thin ice. However the NHL just missed the boat on some nice ratings though.
In some cases there is no such thing as bad publicity. This is not one of those cases. Avery is an embarrassment and this is not the WWF where you need to taunt your opponent before each match. Sell the game and keep the other crap quiet.
That being said, I would get in that lineup for Elisha as well!
Weak, because I wanted to see how this story would have finished tonight, but we're just gonna have to wait the next Stars vs Flames game. One more reason for us to be grateful Avery is now in the West.
Can't really blame the NHL on this though. It's not because a guy enjoys rolling in the mud that you gotta let him drag everyone with him.