Avery is seeking treatment through a program set up by the NHL players association. When he was suspended, Avery told the Stars he needed help dealing with anger issues. Along with the Stars organization, Hull placed Avery is in a 10-day, program that could be extended pending how he is progressing.
"We don't want to ruin Sean or his career. We want him to get better," Hull said. "The team needs to move on and start winning and he needs to take care of himself. ... As a hockey player, I think there's no question he can be an asset. That said, he's got to fix the demons he has. It becomes such a huge distraction that it almost takes away from his ability to play the game."
Avery has a reputation of being the NHL's most-hated player. However, Avery does have a soft spot. He has a love for fashion showed it off during his interview a few weeks ago on CBS's 60 minutes. He's dated actresses, been written up in People magazine and spent this summer as intern for Vogue magazine. The fact he has a publicist makes him unique among NHL players.
The 28-year-old Avery is on his fourth team in seven seasons. He came up with Detroit, was traded to Los Angeles and then was dealt to the New York Rangers, who didn't re-sign him when his contract expired. But is there a fifth team in stores for Avery? We will soon find out.