EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discussed Sean Avery
's recent comments and the Dallas Stars
' reaction on Tuesday before a luncheon crowd in this NHL town.
Avery was only 23 games into a $15.5 million, four-year deal with Dallas when Bettman suspended the player for Dec. 2 remarks about the personal lives of other hockey players.
He was eligible to return from his six-game ban Sunday, but the Stars instead announced Avery will not rejoin the team -- ever.
Bettman said Avery's remark offended him as a parent.
"To be perfectly honest I wouldn't want to have to explain to my 12-year-old daughter what he said," the commissioner said.
Bettman said he hasn't spoken to the Stars but added that they've handled the situation professionally; the team has continued to pay Avery's salary while it explores other options.
When he was suspended, Avery told the Stars he needed help dealing with anger issues. Co-general manager Brett Hull
said Sunday that Avery was in a 10-day, voluntary program that could be extended if counselors determine he needs a longer stay.