(Sean Avery) is a master manipulator of people and his “act” is just so transparent.
“Please forgive me, oh woe is me. Oh, boo hoo, I asked for forgiveness, I tried to apologize to everyone.”
Now, that's ritin'.
So, yeah. Dallas cut ties with Avery today. They are going to eat his salary, electing not to seek a legal action to null the contract (likely because they would have their ass handed to them by any second year law student if they tried).
They say they will try and move him after he completes a program that is widely being described as anger management. What anger management has to do with someone acting like a frat boy is unclear, but that's what's going down.
But, Dallas isn't out to get Avery
This was not a witch hunt. We understand Sean had problems, people are human, we don't want to ruin Sean or his career
That would be Brett Hull speaking, a man that may have gotten himself in trouble a few times in his career for things he said. No, it's no witch hunt. It's far less rational than that.
I beat this to death last week, but it should be repeated. Sean Avery saying "sloppy seconds" = stupid and really crass. He's probably a bit of an ass. I'm not sure I'd want to have a beer with him. But, it was far less problematic than much of the violent behaviour that happens pretty much every week in the NHL. It certainly wasn't even close to being as bad as what Todd Bertuzzi did and the hockey world practically tripped over itself to forgive him (Steve Moore's the bad guy there, you know).
If the Dallas Stars want to screw themselves by eating a $15.5 million contract, that's their choice. It's a staggeringly bad choice, but it's theirs to make. If the NHL blacklists Avery -- if it truly colludes to ensure that he never plays again -- it will deserve whatever legal action that results.
Related: With his trademark understated, sharp logic Mirtle shows us why it isn't Avery's fault the Stars suck.