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Sean Avery May Not Get A Sloppy Seconds Chance With The Dallas Stars

Posted by Mike on December 4, 2008

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This offseason in NHL free-agency, Sean Avery was a bit of a hot commodity. Some teams were weary of him because of his checkered past, and history of getting on teammates nerves. There was Dustin Brown who played with Avery on the Los Angeles Kings, and Avery often made fun of Brown speech-impediment. Brown is now the Kings captain. And there’s the rumor Avery may have slept with a teammates wife while he was on the New York Rangers. This didn’t stop the Dallas Stars from giving Avery a 4-year 15.5 Million dollar contract, even though Stars captain Brenden Morrow has long hated Avery. Now, the Stars are regretting their decision to sign Avery, and may release him, because according to ESPN the players might not want him back. From ESPN:

Sean Avery may have more to deal with than just a possible suspension from the NHL.

He might be personal non grata with his own team, as well.

Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett, in unusually candid remarks for a coach, addressed the situation Wednesday prior to the Stars game against the Oilers in Edmonton.

“From a coach’s standpoint, I try to build a team that has an atmosphere where players care about each other and play with each other and play with continuity, and I find it hard to believe that Sean could come back in that dressing room and we could find that continuity again,” Tippett said.

Tippett was particularly incensed by the fact that he had spent some time Tuesday in Calgary defending Avery in front of the Canadian media, only to turn around and hear Avery say: “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.”

“It’s frustrating for me to go out and defend the guy,” Tippett said. “It’s disappointing, because in the morning with all the stuff going on in the media, I approached Sean and asked him if he was going to talk to media; he told me, no. He talked to our PR people and he told them, no, he wasn’t going to talk to the media … and to have a calculated response like that … it was a calculated statement for what I feel was personal gain.”

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