Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but Georges Laraque is putting any old-style retribution against Sean Avery on ice.
Speaking on TSN's Off the Record yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers tough guy said he won't go on a search and destroy mission against the L.A. Kings forward, who allegedly hurled a racial slur at Laraque when the teams met in L.A. on Oct. 11.
But Laraque did promise to hit back by helping the Oilers win Friday's game at Rexall Place, the first meeting between the teams since the incident.
"The best way to get back at him is to use it as motivation for us to get the win," said Laraque, who claimed Avery called him a monkey - something Avery has denied.
"As hard as it was, it's in the past. In an ideal world, I would like to settle it 1-on-1 like in the old days when you had to stand up for what you said and what you did," said Laraque.
"But with the instigator rule, he can say whatever he wants because he's protected."
Laraque also spoke out about the racial slurs directed at Moncton head coach Ted Nolan during a game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Nolan, an Ojibway, was taunted by fans in Chicoutimi, where Laraque said he also suffered abuse during his junior career. "That stuff happened to me a lot. I feel bad for what he had to go through," said Laraque.
APOLOGY ISSUED: The Chicoutimi Sagueneens apologized to Ted Nolan yesterday after some of the junior hockey team's fans hurled racial slurs at the Moncton Wildcats coach.
Some fans whooped and made tomahawk gestures at the aboriginal coach, prompting the Sagueneens to post an apology on their website. "The disgraceful acts by several spectators don't represent the image of our fans and the regional population," the team said.