Avery’s Antics Are His Undoing
Something bad is going to happen to Sean Avery. It might not be the next time the New Jersey Devils play the New York Rangers, it might not be later in the season. Heck, it might not even happen this season. But one day, something bad is going to happen to Sean Avery.
This is not groundbreaking; I think every hockey fan with knowledge about Sean Avery can see it coming. Last night's game just reinforced to me that Avery will eventually have something bad done to him.
His game is simple: Antagonize opponents and get them to take stupid penalties. He plays his ‘game’ well. He was in mid-season form last night in the final pre-season meeting between the Devils and Rangers. In case you missed it, here it is in its’ entirety. He had Kovalchuk and Clarkson pretty riled up, as you can see.
I could get into the feud between Avery and the Devils in detail, or I could talk about how Kovalchuk shouldn’t be dropping the mitts with any kind of regularity. But I won’t. I’d much rather talk about what I think is going to happen to Mr. Avery. I’m genuinely concerned about his health, you see.
Okay, maybe not. I’d love to see Avery get creamed just as much as the next person, but I don’t think it has to happen. Avery is a good hockey player, that’s what makes him so successful. He can fight, he can hit, and he even has decent goal-scoring ability. But he chooses not to fight, for some reason. He’d much rather get under somebody’s skin to the point where they want to fight him, but he’ll skate away. That’s much worse, for the sole reason that it only makes people hate him more.
They hate him to the point where they know he won’t fight (as per David Clarkson after the game “I knew he wasn’t going to fight me”) so they have to find other ways in which to hurt him.
That leads to the simple question, which would you rather receive?
Most people choose ‘A’ when having to answer for their actions. Not Avery. He persists to not fight. That is a very confusing decision, but I can’t speak for him.
He’s off the hook for now, but I guarantee something is going to happen to him. At any given moment in the game of hockey there are five people on the ice looking to kill you. Sean Avery chooses to agitate those people even more so. Sometimes he even branches out to the 6th man on the ice, so it’s really only a matter of time before it happens. For now I’ll just sit back, laugh at Avery’s antics, and wait for ‘it,’ whatever ‘it’ is, to happen.
Oh yeah, and Avery really does need to zip it.