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Kings Sign Avery To One-Year Contract

by Gann Matsuda

July 23, 2006

The Los Angeles Kings announced on Monday that they have re-signed restricted free agent left wing Sean Avery to a one-year contract that is rumored to be worth $1.1 million.

Avery, 28, scored 15 goals with 24 assists for 39 points (all career-highs) in 75 games last season. He also led the league with 257 penalty minutes—the second consecutive season he has led the National Hockey League in penalty minutes.

“I’m excited about returning to the Kings for another year and a chance to play for the great fans in LA,” said Avery. “I’m looking forward to getting back to work with my teammates and, through our hard work and determination, having the opportunity to reach my ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

The 5-9, 185-pound native of Pickering, Ontario, was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings with defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov, a first round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Jeff Tambellini), a second round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (later transferred to Boston) for defenseman Mathieu Schneider.

Avery has scored 32 goals and 54 assists for 86 points with 739 penalty minutes in 238 NHL regular season games with the Kings and Red Wings. With the new contract, Avery and the Kings will avoid salary arbitration.

Gann Matsuda, who has been writing about the Kings since 1986, is the News Editor for
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