Leafs coach blasts Avery

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:17 PM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's doubtful Ron Wilson was ever a Sean Avery fan, but the Maple Leafs coach was incredulous at the Dallas Star forward's boneheaded commentary this week.

Wilson lashed out at Avery following this morning's skate at the Jobing.com Arena in advance of tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I don't think anybody -- I have two daughters and a grandaughter -- ever wants to hear something said about their daughter," Wilson said. "I don't know what's going to happen or what Dallas is going to do but there's no room in the game for comments like that."

Wilson said if Avery was a Leaf, he would have heard about it from the coach and teammates.

"I'd go nuts if one of our players said something like that," Wilson said of comments Avery made about fellow NHLers dating his ex-girlfriends. "When you start including girlfriends and wives ... that doesn't take rocket science to go way off line. There are things you can say that can be funny or have a tinge of insult in there, too.

"In the age we are today with movies and comedy, there don't seem to be any boundaries but there should be. We don't have ratings on sports channels. It's not the right thing."

Leafs forward Matt Stajan said one of the worst things is that Avery was being disrespectful to his fellow players and union members.

"Obviously you can't say stuff like that," Stajan said. "As players you have to have a little more respect for each other. He definitely crossed the line."

The Leafs (9-10-6) end their three-game trip against the Wayne Gretzky-coached Coyotes (11-11-2) in a 7 p.m. local start (9 p.m. Eastern).

Toronto won the opener of the trip against Los Angeles (3-1) on Monday before being overwhelmed by the NHL's top team the next night, losing 5-2 to San Jose. While the Leafs have had a hectic travel schedule -- this is their fourth game in six nights -- the Coyotes will be making their fourth consecutive home start.


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