Posts Tagged ‘Sean Avery’

Top Line: Sean Avery zings fatso Martin Brodeur; pug threatens Carlyle; more

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By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Martin Brodeur was unimpressed by Sean Avery’s brief turn on Dancing With The Stars. Sean Avery was unimpressed by Brodeur’s criticism. Just like old times.

• Coach Randy Carlyle might want to get his Maple Leafs straightened out in a hurry or he’s going to get straightened out by a boxing legend.

Avalanche forward Matt Duchene on his buddy Ryan Kesler: “Last four years every time I skate behind the net after a whistle he comes and hits me. So I hit him back and he didn’t like it very much.”

• There will be plenty of reasons cited if/when John Tortorella is fired by the Canucks, but this one from last night’s loss to Colorado may top them all.

• The fact that the Canucks can talk about their prospects’ potential without sounding completely delusional is a significant step for the organization.

• Dejan Kovacevic is unimpressed with a Penguins team that can only offer a flicker of physical presence.

Hockey’s advanced statistical analysts tell us that accruing a lot of hits is bad. Until they tell us that it actually is good. Which is probably why many in the sport continue to regard the push for more number crunching with some skepticism.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • Top Line: Carolina Hurricanes’ wind of change; Injury alters West; more links

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    Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes

    The Hurricanes are crying out for change, but that could mean moving Eric Staal. (Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford knows when the gettin’ is good. With his team on the verge of yet another playoff DNQ, Rutherford is rumored to be stepping down at season’s end after 20 years on the job. It looks as though his successor will come from within the organization and more change may be on the way.

    • Luke DeCock writes that, even though his teams have missed the playoffs in seven of the past eight years, Rutherford deserves credit for his past successes rather than blame for recent struggles. Not to dismiss DeCock’s sentiments out of hand, but Rutherford needs to be held accountable for his team’s long-term failures. Past glories only get you so far. It’s time for a new hand on the wheel.

    • James Mirtle considers where it all went wrong for the Toronto Maple Leafs. No, this will not take all day to read.

    • Climb off the ledge, Maple Leafs fans. Your CEO Tim Leiweke says everything will be okay. Feel better now?

    • Elliotte Friedman suggests that Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer look to Mike Cammalleri for inspiration. Friedman also updates the QMJHL’s push for Jack Eichel in this week’s 30 Thoughts column. Lots of great insight, as always.

    • This injury could dramatically alter the NHL’s Western Conference wild card race. Bob McKenzie tweeted this semi-update this morning. We should know more later today.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Top Line: Buffalo Sabres facing big change; Crosby’s slump; more links

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    Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres

    With a new coach, Zemgus Girgensons and the Sabres will now try to put their painful start behind them. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Bucky Gleason writes that the biggest challenge facing Pat Lafontaine and Ted Nolan will be rebuilding the bridges burned during Darcy Regier’s 16-year reign of error with the Buffalo Sabres.

    • It didn’t take long for Buffalo’s players to find out exactly what to expect from new coach Ted Nolan.

    • Zemgus Girgensons was going to be playing for Nolan this season one way or another.

    • Mike Halford looks at some potential candidates for Buffalo’s vacant GM job. I’d add Philly assistant Ron Hextall to the list.

    • Sidney Crosby has gone seven games without a goal. For Evgeni Malkin, his slump has reached 10. Is it time to worry in Pittsburgh?

    • Nazem Kadri is at his best when his game has a bit of and edge to it, but he took it too far against the Wild on Wednesday night. The Leafs can ill afford to lose another center right now, but it looks like Kadri could be sitting for a couple of games after earning a match penalty for attempting to injure Mikael Granlund.

    • Kadri’s mental lapse is symptomatic of a Toronto team that seems hellbent on making life difficult for itself.

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  • Published On Nov 14, 2013
  • Sean Avery tweets “Fire John Tortorella!”

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    John Tortorella

    Former Ranger Sean Avery has called for John Tortorella to be fired. (Jonathan Kozub, Getty Images)

    When he’s not starring on E!’s Fashion Police or ripping off Charlie Sheen’s catchphrases, professional lightning rod Sean Avery sets aside some time to follow his old club, the New York Rangers.

    And like most of the team’s fans, he’s not too happy with the way things are going of late. In fact, the team’s listless 3-0 loss to Montreal tonight inspired a rather pointed suggestion for Rangers’ GM Glen Sather regarding the future employment of coach John Tortorella.

    Avery, always on the cutting edge, decided to shared it on Twitter:

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  • Published On Mar 30, 2013
  • Top Line: Spearing incidents in Dallas, Sean Avery speaks, more links

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    Stephane Robidas

    Stephane Robidas and Corey Perry dropped the gloves after some early physical play. (LM Otero/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An extended Snowmaggedon guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A couple of nasty spearing incidents marred an otherwise entertaining game between Dallas and Anaheim Friday night. Problem for the Ducks is that Stars’ defenseman Stephane Robidas got away with his when he jabbed Corey Perry.

    • The winter storm has pushed the start time of today’s Boston-Tampa Bay game from 1 PM to 7 PM. The caution amuses Tuukka Rask and Claude Julien.

    • Several Bruins players opened up about former teammate Tim Thomas. Lots of reading between the lines to be done here.

    • Sean Avery decided to pop on TSN’s Between The Line. Not surprisingly, he offered up some hot sports opinions.

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  • Published On Feb 09, 2013


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