Sean Avery's move last night….How bush league?

As a Devils fan I have to say that it did work at messing with Marty. As a hockey fan I see it as the biggest minor league move I’ve ever seen. When Chris Drury as to come over and tell him to stop you can tell no one liked it. What you guys feel about it?

On a personal note: What I wouldn’t have done for Scott Stevens in front of that net….

37 Responses to Sean Avery's move last night….How bush league?

  1. bpletsch23 says:

    I would have laughed my ass off if Avery  got hit in the back with a slapshot.

  2. bpletsch23 says:

    My spacing was a bit off, sorry.

  3. goavsgo says:

    The rangers lost so all Avery did was make himself look like an idiot, not that he has to try hard.

    Go Devils!!

  4. leafy says:

    I'm glad you posted this.

    This move by Avery further demonstrates what a bullshit league the NHL has become.

    I'm telling you right now, If Avery tried this shit in the good ol' days, like back in the 70's or 80's, he'd be dead right now!!!  I mean literally, not metaphorically.

    If Avery tried it against the Islanders, Billy Smith would crush Avery's face with his goal stick.  I kid you not.

    If he tried it against Philadelphia, Dave Schultz, Bob Kelly, Don Seleski, Paul Holmgren, Mel Bridgeman, etc, etc, would lynch him.  Ever see the movie "Slap Shot"?

    If Avery tried it against Boston, Stan Jonathan, Terry O'Reilly, Wayne Cashman, Derek Sanderson, "Pie-Face" Mackenzie, etc, etc, would do the same.

    The NHL is now clearly a bullshit league.  Thanks Mr Bettman.

  5. BruMagnus says:

    I think it was funny for about a second. But it's seriously unsportsmanlike (like I wrote on another thread). I predicted that it would be considered an unsportsmanlike penalty, and I was right:
    It is considered an interpretation of Rule 75, concerning goaltender interference.

    "An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule 75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play."

  6. BruMagnus says:

    Well Avery can hardly be blamed for that.
    And if you saw the game, you'd have noticed that Avery SCORED on that PP, while not taking a penalty that led to a goal the other way. So, no, he didn't look like an idiot. He may have gotten into Marty's head as he scored.

    It was totally uncalled for and if the refs even knew the rules they'd have called it the penalty it was.

  7. goavsgo says:

    Congratulations! Everybody and their Mothers predicted it would be a penalty from now on, and everybody was right.

    You are very good at making blatantly obvious predictions and then gloating about them being right.

    Get over yourself dude.

  8. goavsgo says:

    Yes, I did watch the game. If you don't think that Avery made himself look like an idiot on that play, well then you are in fact an idiot just like Avery.

    Stupid says as stupid does.

  9. habsrock99 says:

    That was a mockery as is Sean Avery. Like honestly, he is everything that is wrong with the NHL. And the sad thing is, the guy can actually play the game, quite well I might add. I honestly believe if he cut out half the crap he does, he could be a 30-35 goal, 75-80 point threat. Like I'm talking about a legitimate Power Forward instead of a Clown with talent.

  10. HABSSTAR says:

    I think it was funny as hell to watch.  What a retard!  As for rules, it could have been a misconduct right there, as Ron McLean pointed out on HNIC.  No need for a change in rules or a new one.  

    What the hell, the League is just feeding this guy's need for the spot light.  Why don't they call it the Sean Avery rule while they're at it???

    I'm disapointed someone didn't put an end to it.  Even one of the Rangers should have.  Send the puck to the point and just drill him in the back! 

    Sean Avery….King of the Douchebags!  LOL!

  11. Clearly says:

    I love how so many people name call because someone doesn't agree with their opinion.

  12. goavsgo says:

    On a different topic, is anybody watching the Sens/Pens game? My god the Pens are getting away with bloody murder. I hate the Senators but even I am getting pissed off watching this.

  13. BruMagnus says:

    Yes, you are right, Avery looked stupid.
    But to say that his antics lost the Devils the game as you impied, or rather, literally analyzing what you said, you wrote that BECAUSE the Devils lost, Avery's antics looked stupid. I wonder, if the Rangers had won, would his antics have looked smart?

    My point was simply to say that he got a goal on that PP, something you seem to have missed or ignored mentioning. Avery was hardly the reason the Rangers lost.

  14. BruMagnus says:

    *I meant to say BECAUSE the Devils won.

  15. BruMagnus says:

    No doubt. Some Devils player shoulda just pummelled him!

  16. goavsgo says:

    As long as we both agree avery looked like a fool regardless if the devils won or not, or a goal was scored or not.

    It's all good bud.

  17. Cake says:

    I think we should all be bashing the Devil's more. How can they just sit back a let it happen. After the first 10 seconds of that someone should have kicked the crap out of him. I think that's the most disgusting thing out of this. As for Avery doing it, that's not as bad as him continuously heckling Brodeur about his divorce, that's a little worse then just looking like a dumbas$. He's a moron, but if he was on any of our teams we would probably love him.

  18. Radio says:

    Agreed. I love hockey, but I can't watch anymore NHL tripe.

    Loser Players + Parity + Awful Officiating = Failure

    If only Vince McMahon would make an XFL version of the NHL. It would be more entertaining and less corrupt.

    I guess there's always minor hockey to watch.

  19. Radio says:

    I'm glad someone else see's this. It also happened in game 2. And also happened all throughout the cup final last year.

    That disgust with officiating is just a little taste of what every Sens fan feels during half the games we play.

  20. Kramer says:

    I heard a rumor Avery is a cross-dresser like J Edgar Hoover (the FBI guy).  That's why Detroit traded him to L.A. earlier in his career.  He wanted to be close to the latest fashions.

  21. leafy says:

    There are many problems, but here are some major ones:

    Too many teams…..creates too much parity.

    Salary cap…..creates even more parity.

    Two-referee system…..results in too many unqualified or poor officials.

    New clutch-and-grab rules…..have not improved 5-on-5 scoring; They only produce more power play goals, and reduce the flow of the game

    Countless playoff games……causes player (and fan) fatigue.

    Instigator rule……causes idiots like Avery to behave like that with no repercussions.

    I miss 80's hockey.

  22. wheresthesoda says:

    now i am shocked the league has changed a rule over night, but now how is this going to effect guys screening goalies before. I have seen guys screen them with there back to the play, if the goalie moves then they can follow, but can u now screen while being face to face but lets say you don't wave your arms and stick around like a child.

    Or lets say u have ur back to the goalie but your waving your arms around, would that now constitute as a penalty?

    I think its a little ridiculous that the goalies are going to get protected even more, that you can't ***** with there head during a play.

    Everyone has even said that hes taking himself out of the play, so how is effecting the goalie more than effecting his own team?

  23. sweepa8989 says:

    Sean Avery is an agitator. Thats what he does.  Last night you bother Brodeur by doing that.  This is playoff hockey, i can understand why NJ fans would be upset but Avery is doing what he does best to get in the head of the other team.  No penalty is gonna be called on that play and Avery has been a big part of his teams success.  I dont see anything wrong with what he did.

  24. HABSSTAR says:

    I'm not sure if this is the real reason but I think the biggest part was the fake cross check and fake slash.

    Either way I'm sure the next time you see this penalty be called it will have to be something exactly like what Avery was doing.  He's set the bar high…in a douchy kind of way.

  25. habsrock99 says:

    The ref who was by the Jersey net was apparently yelling at Avery to stop otherwise he was going to give him an unsportsmanlike penalty.

  26. habsrock99 says:

    It's not the first time the NHL's changed/modified a rule because of a certain player or team. In fact, it's happend several times over the course of history.

    They changed the way the PP works because of the Habs.

    They made the tying down of jersey's mandatory because of Rob Ray.

  27. morrissey says:

    Someone on the Devils D should have just skated by and taken Avery's head off with a completely blind side elbow or crosscheck- sod the 5 minute major and ensuing suspension, you don't let idiots screw with your star player, ever.

  28. morrissey says:

    Waving you stick repeatedly in someone's face is sportsman like conduct to you? No rule change was needed, he should have been called as is.

  29. RIP_Dimebag says:

    I really think Avery has mental problems.

  30. mike2slts says:

    I don't know how I feel about that rule. I 100% agree what Avery did should be penalized, however I have seen Joe Thornton and Ryan Smyth do similar things. Joe would put the blade infront of goaltenders eyes and wave it a little. I believe it was to Borduer too. I've seen Smyth stand in front of goalies and lift his arms up to block the goalies vision. They weren't as aggressive with it and I like what they did. Where do you draw the line?

  31. chanman says:

    It was totally classless, Avery made himself look like a moron. It's just cheap play, and especially when you do that to a legend like Brodeur. It's embarrasing for him and his team. It's a shame the devils don't hav that Stevens or other junkyard dog type net-clearing defenceman.

  32. paulieplatypus says:

    Cambell wont be able to stop Avery’s pestilence with his rule changes… Just like The Committee could’nt stop Jonathan in Rollerball by eliminating game time and imposing limited substitutions.  No one can doubt that Avery has a much bigger bag of tricks then most others when it comes to getting under the opponents skin.  Campell changing the rules like he did will just bring more and more attention to Avery the next time(s) he cleverly brings new and innovative ways of getting the other team off their game.  All Colli inevitably did yesterday was put a bigger spotlight on the already bright Broadway spotlight that Avery currently commands…  I’m sure Avery is thinking to himself, you aint seen nothin yet!  Clearly game four against the devils will be the hottest ticket on Broadway.          

  33. arigold says:

    I just don't get it.  Theres always the opportunity to call an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  Thats why that rule is there.  Personally I think the ref should have just called him on it and it wouldn't have been such a big deal.  Unsportsmanlike is in the rules, who cares if anyone has done it before or not.  Theres been so much good hockey going on, why does everyone want to talk about this.

  34. HABSSTAR says:

    I know, and it doesn't make those changes any more legit.

  35. wingsfan13 says:

    ok i think people are blowing this just a bit out of proportion.  if this was so trivial then why are we focusing so much on it.  in no way am i defending avery or his actions, they were quite childish.  but is it really neccessary that the league act with such avengence "to prevent further acts of unsportsmanlike conduct."  lets face it if this wasn't done to the great Broduer people wouldn't be in such an uproar and neither would the league.  i doubt this would become such a serious issue in the league otherwise.  waving a stick in a goaltenders face has more weight of importance than the interefence by the defenseman to forecheckers all year or questionable hits by the likes of phaneuf or pronger steppin on someones leg?  give me a break.

  36. aj_furf says:

    Honestly…as a fan of neither team…I thought Avery's tactics were ingenious.  Sure he looked like a clown, sure it was classless, but it was damn effective.  Marty even said afterwards that he couldn't see the puck because Avery's stick was so close to his face.  Every shot had a much higher probability of going in because Marty couldn't track the puck.

    It's a win at all cost mentality and Avery, nor any other player on any other team, should care about public criticism if his actions are going to help win a playoff game. 

    I'm not surprised nor dissapointed that they clarified the rules for this, and I think to have to watch that happen every game would get tiring in a hurry, but for just one game….come'on…it was smart…and really funny (unless you're a Devils fan).

  37. Archion113 says:

    All praise Bru… the all seeing and all knowing god of hockeytraderumors…

    get over yourself already…

    Who are you trying to prove yourself to all the time?

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