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The controversy started early in his career; Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he unloaded Avery during the 2002–03 season partly because he didn't seem to have respect for the game.
Over the course of his hockey career, Avery was involved in a number of controversies and fined by the NHL on numerous occasions.The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup that season, but Avery did not play in the playoffs nor did he play the required 41 games to get his name engraved on the Cup.Midway through the 2002–03 season, Avery was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.The move was done to bring him up as a replacement for the injured Mike Rupp.He cleared waivers and re-joined the Rangers for their November 5 game against the Montreal Canadiens.Hull thought the Stars needed more fire and emotion on the ice, and felt Avery would fit the bill.
Avery scored 3 goals in 23 games before he and the team parted ways following his six-game suspension by the NHL in December 2008, due to controversial remarks made about fellow players.
Since no NHL team claimed him, he returned to the AHL's Connecticut Whale.
His last game played with the Whale was on January 27, 2012.
Despite playing less than 10 minutes in all 15 games he played for the Rangers that season, he scored 3 goals.
After being a healthy scratch for nine games, Avery was once again placed on waivers on December 30, 2011.
During his time with the Kings, Avery has been said to have mocked Dustin Brown about his lisp.