Trash-talking Avery becomes NHL pariah

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

A large segment of the Dallas Stars -- be it in ownership, management or on the ice -- probably wishes Sean Avery had been suspended for a year or more.

The foul-mouthed Avery yesterday was banished for six games for his crude comments about his ex-girlfriends and their new beaus.

Avery loves fashion, but, again, he's a victim of bashin'. He doesn't know when to zip it.

Do you think Stars owner Tom Hicks or coach Dave Tippett want Avery back when those six games are up?

Avery's name was dropped from the roster on the team's website Thursday -- and that's not a decision an underling would make.

The erasure was blamed on a technical misstep, initially, but yesterday Avery's name still was missing.

Perhaps because of a technical glitch, Brett Hull's name still was listed. It was the co-GM who pushed for signing Avery in the first place.

Hull seems willing to give him another chance.

The Stars co-general manager wants to take care of Avery "the person" first before contemplating the winger's future with the Stars.

In an interview on Leafs Lunch on AM 640, Hull, sounding sympathetic, said Hicks and upper management would meet next week to discuss Avery's future.

Hull also said he was irked at players who would blame one teammate (Avery) for the Stars' problems.

Avery, at his own suggestion, is to take anger-management training in the meantime.

Oddly enough, he didn't sound angry when he made his "sloppy seconds" comment.

Is there a moron-management course?

THE WAL-MART MASTERS

In professional golf, why is it men get bigger purses than the women?

Do they really need all those handbags?

Does the fact they play for purses suck the manliness out of the game?

Instead of purses, can't they call them man bags or outside wallets?

Unlike the NHL, ruled by Gary (See No Evil Recession) Bettman, the men's and women's tours acknowledge tougher times ahead.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is eyeing replacements for flagging auto and financial sponsorships. He even mentioned the word "Wal-Mart" this week.

Now that's a tie-in that comes to mind when you think of those country-clubbers.

Last time I was at Wal-Mart, I ran into Phil and Amy and the kids, and Eldrick and Elin shopping for golf balls and some fancy garments.

RICKY CANUCK

Ricky Williams likes us, he really likes us.

The Miami Dolphins running back has been saying nice things this week about Canadians, and about his experience playing for the Argos in 2006 during his marijuana suspension from the NFL.

Williams is talking up Canada because he and the Dolphins will be at the Rogers Centre tomorrow to play the Buffalo Bills.

It's a Bills "home" game and so, as good Canucks, we're supposed to cheer for them.

But I'm wavering.

After all, Ricky is a tokin' Canadian.

INITIAL HELP

The LPGA players' purses will shrink in 2009 by $5 million to $55 million US and the number of tournaments will be cut to 31 from 34.

This is where Major League Baseball can help out.

Take A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia, multi-millionaires about to become uber-multimillionaires.

For a small sponsorship fee, the tour could be renamed the LPGAJ, with events held at the Country Club Sabathia.

Burnett and Sabathia's eventual free-agent deals will be worth more than $200 million -- enough to keep the entire tour afloat for four years.


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