Don’t cross a man who’s willing to rock those threads like the ones pictured above. It’s obvious that he doesn’t give a damn.
If there’s one thing you want to avoid in hockey besides being slashed with a skate, it’s being the object of Don Cherry’s ire. The long time CBC analyst holds nothing back and will wreck a man like no one’s business. Who’s the poor sucker to get caught in Cherry’s crosshairs this time? The Minnesota Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck or as Cherry likes to call him, Buttercup.
Buttercup has offended Cherry’s sensibilities by fighting while wearing a visor last Friday. Clutterbuck got into a scrap with the Maple Leaf’s Ian White and didn’t bother to take off his helmet once things popped off.
The official rule is that anyone who wears a visor while fighting will be penalized but the Pioneer Press notes that the rule seems to have gone by the wayside as more and more “instigators” leave them on.
Cherry, a vocal proponent of old-school grit and protocol, hates it and ripped Clutterbuck for his fight last week with Toronto’s Ian White, which started with both players wearing helmets.
The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.
You can’t blame a player for leaving his helmet on if the other player doesn’t take his off as well. There is something to be said for leaving your helmet on when the other player removes his. There is no honor in winning that fight as Clutterbuck discovered. Don Cherry: Checking people’s honor at the door.
NHL Kommissar Gary Bettman must have been feeling left out since Roger Goodell and David Stern started running their respective leagues like their own personal fiefdoms. No longer will he have to listen to taunts from Goodell and Stern about letting the natives run wild. Putting Rowdy the Cowboys mascot on double secret probation must have been a slap to Bettman’s face. Making an example out of Sean Avery will show everyone that he too can make irrational and idiotic rulings.
“I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said on camera [yesterday] in Calgary. “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.”
Everyone can agree that Avery is a douchebag but these comments were funny because they’re true. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf is dating Elisha Cuthbert who used to be with Avery. He also dated Rachel Hunter who’s now rolling with Kings center Jeret Stoll.
Avery has been accused of “conduct deterimental to the League or the game of hockey”. Stars owner Tom Hicks said the team would have suspended him if the league hadn’t acted first. Liverpool fans would like to do more than suspend Hicks. His own teammates including Marty Turco are throwing him under the bus like Starbury. The comments may be distracting but they are far from being the worst thing he’s ever done. TSN analyst John Tortella keeps things in perspective as well as Joe Buck.
“The league stepped up here and I think they did the right thing. Enough is enough,” said Tortorella. “He’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed the organization, he’s embarrassed the league and he’s embarrassed his teammates, who have to look out for him. Send him home. He doesn’t belong in the league.”
The suspension is bullshit if the league is making up for letting previous antics as suggested by Bob McKenzie. Hell of a makeup call. The Stars should settle down. It’s not as if they didn’t know what they were getting when they took Avery on. It’s no problem for the team to move him if they think he’s too much of a distraction but everyone needs to stop acting as though a capital crime has been committed. These comments aren’t close to some of the worst things that have been uttered by NHL players without penalty. It’s not like he killed anyone. What? Too soon?
“I think everyone in our room believes there is an integrity that has to go along with the game, respect for the game and respect for your opponents and Sean crossed that line,” Tippett told reporters in Calgary prior to the game.
“I think the words, the words and disrespect for an opponent like that is something . . . there’s lots of trash talking that goes on on the ice. But then to announce something like that for everybody to hear, to me that crosses the line and the League — and our ownership felt that, too.”
Yeah that’s it. If anything, his comments were disrespectful to the Flames. Wah! Never mind calling Cuthbert “sloppy seconds”. I’m sure Jerome Iginla was crying for Phaneuf. “Dude, that’s just so fucked up. How could he say those horrible things about you? He’s a stupid dummy head!” Is Avery a dick. Yes. Should he have made those comments? Probably not. However a league suspension is going way overboard.
We’re not gonna lie. It’s been a shitty couple of weeks for the Maple Leafs’ Mike Van Ryn. First he was helped through some glass on October 23rd. Relive the good times!
Van Ryn was probably thinking it couldn’t get much worse than that. Wrong. The Habs’ Tom Kostopoulous was jealous of Milan Lucic and decided to see if he could put Van Ryn through the glass too. Fail.
Bet he wishes the glass gave way that time although he would have taken it out with his face. This time, he stayed down and he’ll be out for a month with “a concussion, a gash on his forehead, a broken nose and a broken bone in his hand”. The NHL is going to review the hit and see if further penalties are warranted. Kostopoulous was given a major for boarding and ejected from the game.
Argue amongst yourselves or in the comment section over whether the hit was dirty. We know you’ll just do it amongst yourselves because you’re nothing but selfish bastards … Wow. I don’t know what just happened there. I’m sorry, baby. I didn’t mean that. I still care. Lemme put on some Luther Vandross (The Fat Years) and let’s work this shit out. Girl, you know we can’t get much better.
This seems like a move Sean Avery would pull. He’s definitely dirty enough. I see no reason why the Devils can’t retaliate against Avery even though he wasn’t in the building. It’s probably his fault in some way.
The “engaging raconteur” could not have been happy with Hagman’s move but The Great Muta would be proud. He was an incredibly underrated wrestler. I’m going to start spitting that powder at anyone who gets in my way whether it be at work or out on the town. “Hey could you stay late. We need … My eyes! The goggles! They do nothing! My mouth tastes like burning!”
** I had no idea Brodeur got divorced because he was nailing his sister-in-law. Well played, sir.
Doug Weight welcomes Brandon Sutter to the NHL with a hit he’ll probably forget.
There’s an interesting debate in hockey circles over whether hits like these should be made illegal. No sense into us going into it when so many already have. It’s just hard to see how to make head shots that aren’t intentionally injurious such as this one illegal. Each hit is special in its own way and should be judged accordingly. Chimp and I are with Puck Daddy on this one.