Stars Dump Avery, But Can't Touch $15.5M Contract

'It was a bad marriage and it was time to separate,' coach says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2008 11:53 AM CST
Sean Avery leaves a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sean Avery won’t return to the Dallas Stars after his suspension, the Morning News reports. The team said it can’t continue with the volatile player, who had barely begun a 4-year contract that guarantees him $15.5 million. “It was a bad marriage and it was time to separate,” the Stars coach said. The team said the split was friendly, and would help Avery find another team if he wishes to continue playing.