Avery has been playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League since they Stars placed him on waivers February 7 and assigned him to the club three days later. Hartford is the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, the team it has been widely speculated that Avery will rejoin.
The North York, Ontario native spent two seasons with the Rangers prior to a signing a four-year, $15.5 million deal with Dallas as a free agent this past offseason. Avery logged three goals and seven assists in 23 games this season before incurring the wrath of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the Stars for that matter.
The 28-year-old noted antagonist was suspended by the NHL for six games, without pay, following comments he made prior to a contest in Calgary in early December regarding his ex-girlfriends dating other hockey players. He subsequently agreed to undergo anger management treatment and the Stars essentially washed their hands of him, speaking out publicly against the incident and Avery himself.
For his career, Avery has totaled 68 goals and 109 assists with 1,144 penalty minutes while appearing in 402 games with Detroit, Los Angeles, the Rangers and Dallas.