DALLAS (AP) -The Dallas Stars placed Sean Avery on waivers Saturday, moving the controversial left wing one step closer toward a possible return to the NHL.
A league person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Avery has completed a counseling program under the NHL/NHLPA behavioral health program and was placed on Dallas' active roster. The Stars then placed Avery on waivers.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced.
Avery must clear waivers by Monday. Any team could claim him before then, but would have to pay him the remainder of the four-year, $15.5 million contract he signed this summer.