Sean Avery, in Calgary with the Dallas Stars to play the Flames and never one to shun the spotlight, actually summoned a camera crew from Canada's TSN to deliver the following statement as reported by the Calgary Herald:
You'll recall that earlier this season that Stars center Mike Modano expressed his displeasure with Avery and partner-in-crime Steve Ott. Today it was Stars goalie Marty Turco's turn to play the role of savvy and sage veteran: "Well, hopefully, he doesn't back down . . . and he shows up like a man ... But we expect that out of him, like we have all year. The show continues."
"Uh, I'm really happy to be back in Calgary. I love Canada.
"And 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 jab, of course, is directed at Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating Avery's ex-girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert. The actress, reportedly, also dated Mike Komisarek of the Montreal Canadiens.
The 25-second clip - in its entirety; he refused to answer answer questions - got a rise out of some of his younger teammates. "He said what?" shrieked one. Many of them cackled, in fact.
Indeed it does. Tonight in the U.S., Versus elected to air Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay. I bet they're regretting that decision about now.
(HT: Puck Daddy)