Avery and Brodeur rivalry old news

Some things are just better off being left alone. Try explaining that to NJ.com’s Randy Miller who goaded Martin Brodeur into a cheap remark about old rival Sean Avery following his ouster from Dancing With The Stars.


“I didn’t watch – I don’t watch those shows – but I was watching NHL Network and they mentioned it,” Brodeur told Miller Wednesday.

“What more could he do to embarrass himself?” Brodeur said with a chuckle. “There it is!”

Their rivalry is old news all coinciding from Brodeur opting not to shake Avery’s hand following a first round exit in 2008. Of course, it was due to Avery’s nonsensical tactic in Game Three when he waved his stick while screening Brodeur during a Rangers power play. The end result being Avery scoring here following the bizarre Screen Gate which led to the Avery Rule. For a brief history recap, please refer to the video below.

When Avery got word of Brodeur’s foolishness, he predictably retorted taking to Twitter yesterday. His first response referenced #Fatso mentioning that participating in the event raised thousands of dollars for charity. Fatso of course being his nickname for Brodeur which he used when discussing his failure to shake hands following the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal with MSG reporter John Giannone. After removing that tweet, he then went for the jugular.

None of this is surprising. When it comes to these two, they’d be better off not saying anything. I don’t understand why Brodeur even responded to Miller, who was searching for material. Like any reporter, he needed a story to fill space and got the desired result.

Sadly, neither has moved on. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be news. As for Avery, it wouldn’t be him if he didn’t respond in that fashion. Though, you have to pin this one on Brodeur for taking the bait. I guess that’s just his character. Just look at what he said about Lou Lamoriello basically calling him out for not being more aggressive re-signing Zach Parise. It’s been an interesting couple of months for the future Hall Of Famer who regained his number one job from Cory Schneider after wanting out of New Jersey. Talk about burning bridges.

Personally, I could have done without this nonsense. Stories like this are irrelevant to the playoff race. The Devils remain four points out of the wild card with nine games remaining. They rallied from a two-goal deficit Thursday to earn a point in another shootout defeat. This time to the Coyotes. They’re 0-9 this season in the skill competition and have dropped their last 13 since March 10, 2013. This year, Devil shooters are a ridiculous 1-for-28.

”It’s a big part of the reason the playoffs are getting tougher and tougher to reach,” said Brodeur after making 25 saves and being beaten in the shootout by Mikkel Boedker. ”So many points we’ve left on the table through the year. I figured we were due. It’s been a while, we haven’t been in one. I was feeling good about it mentally. I thought we were going to pull through this one and boost our confidence a little bit knowing we’re able to do it, and again it was the same old thing.”

Before visiting the Islanders tomorrow, the Devils will be doing some scoreboard watching tonight hoping for a Flyers regulation win over the slumping Leafs. They also need the Pens to beat the wild-card leading Jackets in regulation. Columbus and Detroit own the two wild cards each with 80 points. The Jackets own the tiebreaker with four more ROW (32-28) and make up an extra game later. The Wings have nine left and interestingly only have 28 which makes them more attainable. Even though they only have 76 points, the Devils boast more ROW (31) than Detroit, Washington (25) and Toronto (27).

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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