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Avery almost ready to begin long road back to the NHL

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Darren Dreger
2/4/2009 6:02:35 PM
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Exiled Dallas Stars' forward Sean Avery is expected to be cleared from the NHL and NHLPA's Behavioral Modification program later this week or sometime early next.

Avery is scheduled to begin skating on Monday in anticipation of returning to hockey; however, to do that, Avery knows he will have to regain NHL teams' trust which will very likely require time in the American Hockey League.

Avery remains Dallas property, so the Stars will have to find an AHL team willing to take Avery on board.   The Stars will then place Avery on waivers and providing he clears he will be reassigned.

Avery's best chance of returning to the NHL will be via re-entry waivers.

If he is claimed, the Stars would split the remainder of his contract which has three-years and $12 million remaining after this season.

The 28-year old Avery was suspended indefinitely by the NHL following his comments regarding his former girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert who is currently dating Calgary Flames' defenceman Dion Phaneuf

Prior to his suspension, Avery had three goals and seven assists in 23 games with the Stars.  At the time of the suspension he was leading the league in penalty minutes.

Sean Avery (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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