Proof is in the headlines. The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger quotes Leaf enforcer Wade Belak:
"He's pissing guys off," Belak said yesterday. "He'll bring harm to himself and not too many guys around the league are going to be sad to see it.
"If he keeps this up, someone is going to kill him. One day he's going to say something the wrong way and he'll be clubbed. "
Avery is the most entertaining player in the league on most nights. Scoring is going down again and the trap is back in vogue so sometimes we have to turn to guys like Avery to get any kind of excitement.
And for Belak to be complaining about Avery is a little strange considering that his own teammate, Darcy Tucker, is just as bad. Tucker consistently yaps and dives to the ice in mock agony anytime someone touches him. Avery is essentially just a more effective version of Tucker.