1) Can't stand Avery
2) Clarke and Avery are so far apart in everything they stand for. Clarke played the game to win, and with integrity. He never puylled any of the asinine stunts that Avery pulled.
If Avery skated by Brodeur last year and gave him a two hand slash to break his ankle, I'd have a lot more respect for him.
Avery has the skill to be a force in this league. Trash talking is fine, but there is fine line between where it stops (and Clarke will tell you that).
As to the question, I'm not convinced that Avery plays with heart. I'm not convinced that Avery is playing to win the Stanley Cup so much as he's playing to keep Sean Avery in the news.
Sean Avery has what it takes to be a Don Saleski/Esa Tikkanen/Kenny Linseman type of player (throw in Jarkko Ruuttu as well). But he takes it too far, especially the running from the mouth (hence the belief it's all about keeping himself in the news)
Here's a player who
- Ken Holland and Scotty Bowman call a waste of space
- was sent home by the LA Kings with several games left in the 2005-06 season due to conduct 'detrimental' to the team
- is rumoured to have created false tensions in the Dallas dressing room leading to his dismissal
What is Bobby Clarke noted for?
- hitting Valeri Kharlamov in the ankle and saving Canada';s great name
- 3 Hart Trophies
- Hall of Fame
- multiple 100pt scorer
- did I mention THREE Hart Trophies?
Whoi has the most heart today? Is Jagr still in the league? I don't think there is an answer to that question, I can name dozens of guys who have a lot of heart, will do anything to win, etc. I'm going to do the cop out here and give two names.
Jarome Iginla, and I think he's more a throwback to the Clarke style than Avery ever would be.
Jonathan Toews, we're all allowed our homer pick and he's mind. But he fits the bill. Her plays for his country, he plays for his team, and he plays for the sport.