Sean Avery is the pinnacle of a goon...and a bad hockey player.
Every team has players like this, but Avery takes it way beyond what is needed.
First of all, we all know the new rule where you are not allowed to distract a goalie by waving your stick in their face. The rule has become known as "The Avery Rule." To top it off, he did it against one of the best goalies of all-time in Martin Brodeur.
From that day on, Brodeur has shunned Avery. He will not acknowledge him. What he will do though, is give him a nice shot to the back of the legs, or between the legs, whenever he stands in front of his face.
You do not pull that sort of bush league play in hockey. It is just an unsung rule that you do not act like an ass like that during a game.
Second, is his mouth.
Avery is a player, that if he was not a goon, nobody would know who he was. For the most part, before his little speech, not too many people did.
He decided to take it upon himself to go up to a camera crew and announce that, and I am paraphrasing here, "I don't understand why all these players are getting my sloppy seconds."
He was referring to the current girlfriend of Dion Phaneuf.
This got him a nice lengthy suspension, and pretty much a target on his back for Dion Phaneuf; when he gets the opportunity to play against Avery, possibly next year.
Then came a falling New York Rangers club, who were beginning to spiral out of control, and needed to do something to try to get their season back on track.
So they decided to take Sean Avery off of waivers from Dallas.
Avery has played in roughly 10 games for the Rangers, and people seem to believe that he is this demon turned angel.
Well, he is not. He still runs his mouth on the ice, and then when somebody has enough of his mouth and goes after him, he skates away like a baby.
To prove the point that Sean Avery is still, and will always be, the agitator of a player he is, came from last night's game against the Bruins.
During a commercial break, he skated past Tim Thomas, and hit him in the back of the head with the blade of the stick.
He clearly did it on purpose...CLEARLY did it on purpose.
Then put his arms up and looked back to apologize, but Thomas was having none of that, and went after him.
Here is the video of him doing it, to prove to you Avery-lovers that it was not by accident, or that Thomas took it too far.
Thomas got a decent shot in on him, before a Rangers player came up and hit him. He then turned, and full on hit the player in the face with his blocker.
Last night just proves that Sean Avery is a joke of an NHL player, and if I was a Rangers player, I would go to management and say they do not want to play with a guy like this.
He is a cancer to any team, and no matter what changes he said he has gone through, he is always going to be the same clown he always was.
Go back to Vogue Sean, the NHL does not need you nor ever needed you.