Chris Stewart has plenty of history with the Colorado Avalanche as a former member of the organization, and the way that he celebrated after pounding on defenseman Cory Sarich on Thursday night didn’t sit too well with some of his old teammates. Stewart’s current team—the St. Louis Blues—were well on their way to dismantling the Avalanche when Stewart decided to grab Sarich and scrap.
Several Colorado players took exception to the fight and subsequent celebration. Jan Hejdasaid that “there is no brains” when it comes to Stewart according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. Backup goaltender J.S. Giguere went a little further and called the fight “gutless.”
Stewart responded to his critics in Colorado’s locker room today, and stuck up for himself and his choice to fight Sarich. Not before throwing a bit of a jab at Giguere first though.
As per Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Yeah, he says it’s gutless, and this is the same guy who ratted on his team about a Vegas trip. So I don’t really care about his opinion, to be honest.
Stewart was referring to an incident that occurred last April when Giguere was venting frustrations about how poorly the Avalanche had performed against a Jarome Iginla-less Calgary Flames. He said this to the press following the loss:
Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games, than playing every minute of the games. Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now.
Those comments clearly left a bad taste in Stewart’s mouth and he used the ammunition without thinking twice. All of this will make the next meeting between the two teams in a few weeks on November 27.