Well it looks like Dallas Stars legend and friend of legendary coach Gordon Bombay, Mike Modano is not a fan of his of some of his teammates. The greatest American born hockey player had some choice words to say about his team after last nights performance in Boston. Even though not mentioned by name, Modano is surely talking about Steve Ott and Sean Avery here.
"Here's Mike Modano after the penalty filled game in which Steve Ott and Sean Avery were jawing with officials and fans:
"Tonight, it was idiotic and stupid," Stars center Mike Modano said when asked what the team identity was. "It was one of the most embarrassing things I've seen. If that's what we're going for, then they need to find me an office job."
"It was dumb penalties, dumb situations, that's kind of been the trend all season," Modano said. "There's no mental toughness. We're allowing the refs to get involved in the game with and spending more energy on them than the details of winning the game."" -Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News
I don't blame Modano here at all. Being a tough team to play against and being known as an agitator are completely different things then becoming a cheap shot artist. Both Ott and Avery both proved that last night when they each made checks that could have ended a lot worse than they did. Ott more specifically, who was "knee-hunting" all night. I can understand Modano getting upset at something like that because trying to end another players career is different then getting into someone's head as Avery and Ott are usually known for.