Avery was suspended on Tuesday for saying, "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."
The Dallas Star was commenting about his former girlfriend, (actress) Elisha Cuthbert, dating Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Avery apparently also dated model Rachel Hunter who is now marrying the Kings' Jarrett Stoll.
Remember when Hockey players were suspended for fighting and other on-ice infractions?
Personally, I'm not sure what the big deal is for the league to step in here. Let the game police itself and see how Avery does when he gets on the ice vs. Calgary. I'd think the Flames would step up for one of their teammates and make Avery pay their own punishment for his comments. Although there is a fine line between comments like this and the soap opera of the WWE.
Gary Bettman should also be happy with Avery because at least he did something Bettman couldn't . . . put the NHL back in the news.
Thanks NY Daily News for this story.