At the time, May's suspension was the fourth longest in NHL history. Since then, Todd Bertuzzi's thuggery has bumped May to fifth. Which brings us to the significance of the Avalanche signing a player who has taken almost twice as many penalty minutes as shots on goal over the course of his career and hasn't had a 30-point season in a decade. May spent last season as a teammate of Bertuzzi's in Vancouver. He was such a good teammate and such a tough guy, in fact, that following Steve Moore's questionable hit on Canucks superstar Markus Naslund, and in the weeks leading up to the now-infamous rematch, May had this to offer to the media regarding Moore:
"There's definitely a bounty on his head. Clean hit or not, that's our best player and you respond. It's going to be fun when we get him."Fun.
It is now seventeen months later and Steve Moore will likely never play hockey again. He is no longer under contract to the Avalanche, and is "hopeful he'll see the ice again." Meanwhile, Moore's former employer has taken money that would undoubtedly have gone to resigning the prototypical checking line center and spent it on a talentless goon who delights in neck-breaking cheap shots and slashes to the face. Based on May's lack of character alone, Avs fans ought to be disgusted. Based on the specific circumstances, they ought to be outraged.
[Note: Mark Kiszla's article here provided the impetus for this post.]
Follow up: Apparently Avs fans are voicing their displeasure over this move, and it's getting some ink nationally (albeit not in this nation) as well. Nice pic in that second article, by the way. Jerks.