Dallas Stars Decide Sean Avery's Fate, Add Brian Sutherby From Anaheim Ducks

Ken ArmerSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2008

The Dallas Stars saw a busy news day today, coming both with an addition and a loss. For the most important of news first, the release of the Sean Avery decision was finalized today by Stars management. As expected, Avery will not be rejoining the team while the management seeks a way of finding the agitator a new hockey home.

“Sean needs to focus on his own well-being while the Stars hockey team must focus on playing hockey and competing for a playoff spot,” said Stars Co-General Manager Brett Hull in the Stars press release. “Everyone understands that Sean will not return to the Dallas Stars. We all need to move forward.”

The Stars have also made it clear that they will not attempt to challenge Avery’s contract. The team does have that option under the conduct clause in the Standard Player’s Contract. Paragraph 2 (e) directs players “to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey generally.” Likely Avery’s comments in Calgary could be seen as falling in the category.

“The message here is: no distractions. Sean can focus on resolving his personal issues,” said Hull, “and the Stars will have closure on this episode. The team needs to put its energies into winning.”

“We do care about Sean and want what is best for him,” said Hull. “We’ve agreed to do what we can to help find him a place to play hockey once he addresses his personal issues.”

Despite the loss, the Stars have a new addition to be excited about. It was announced today that the Stars had acquired center Brian Sutherby from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for center David McIntyre and a sixth-round pick in 2010. The Stars also re-assigned defenseman Dan Jancevski to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Sutherby played in 17 games for Anaheim, recording three goals and three assists for six points while also recording 19 penalty minutes. At 6-3, 209 pounds Sutherby is a strong grind type of center, capable of really adding to the Stars depth.

In 329 career games Sutherby has recorded 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points, and adding 357 penalty minutes to his statistics. Sutherby was Washington’s first round choice, 26th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded career high numbers in 2005-2006 with the Capitals appearing in 76 games recording 14 goals, 16 assists and 73 penalty minutes.

Judging by his numbers, Sutherby could really fit in with the Stars and truly live up to being first round potential. With the depth the Stars already have it could be more than possible for Sutherby to turn his season around.

There was no word from the Stars organization on when Sutherby would dress for the Stars, possibly as early as Tuesday against the Coyotes.

Original Avery Press Release: Courtesy of Dallas Stars website

Sutherby Press Release: Courtesy of Dallas Stars website

Ken Armer is the NHL Community Coordinator for Bleacher Report and also serves as the Community Leader for the Dallas Stars. He can be contacted on his profile or by e-mail at karmer@bleacherreport.com.