I despise Sean Avery. I think all goalies, including the ones on his team, hate Sean Avery. He’s a pompous ass who deserves to have his head forcibly inserted into said ass by an opponent. But the NHL has no place in handing down any suspension, let alone six games. It was a stupid public comment and should be addressed by his employer but the real retribution should come on the ice.
I don’t know for sure but I have to assume from his interview afterward that even Stars goalie Marty Turco has no use for Avery and would like to see him dealt with in a more appropriate manner. Of course Turco remembers what Avery did to Marty Brodeur last season and to Rangers’ goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Steve Valliquette this season. Do you really think Turco is going to side with Avery over fellow Olympians Brodeur and Lundqvist?
Avery getting in the face of Brodeur in '07-'08 playoffs
Avery pestering Lundqvist earlier this season
Avery yapping at Valiquette during warmups
After doing this to Marty Brodeur in last season’s playoffs:
Avery started talking smack to Hendrik Lundqvist in his return to MSG the other night:
Until Brandon Dubinsky came to Lundqvist’s aid:
What I’d really like to see is Avery face off against this lineup:
Ogie Oglethorpe, Screaming Buffalo and Dr. Hook McCracken. That ought to teach a few manners to Avery about how he should treat goalies.
Tonight in Toronto the NHL will host its annual award ceremony (viewable on NHL Network in the US). One goalie award is already known as Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood will share the Jennings Trophy for best goals against average. The real goalie award is the Vezina, which will go to Martin Brodeur, Henrik Lundqvist or Evgeni Nabokov. For Brodeur a win would be his fourth (in five seasons); for Lundqvist or Nabokov it would be their first. As with any subjective award there are two ways to predict the winner… who should win it and who will win it.
How about a quick look at their statistics for the season (I’ve included playoff success even though the award is voted upon at the end of the regular season):
77 GP, 44 Wins, 4 SO, 2.17 GAA, .920 SV% and a first round playoff loss
72 GP, 37 Wins, 10 SO, 2.23 GAA, .912 SV% and a second round playoff loss
77 GP, 46 Wins, 6 SO, 2.14 GAA, .910 SV% and a second round playoff loss