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Avery to sit out season after practice run-in

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sean Avery did not accompany the Los
Angeles Kings for their game Thursday night against the Phoenix
Coyotes and the team said the volatile forward will sit out the
rest of the season.

Avery had an argument with assistant coach Mark Hardy during
practice Wednesday and later met with Kings general manager Dave
Taylor and interim coach John Torchetti.

"We moved on without him at this point," Kings spokesman Mike
Altieri said of Avery. "He was informed by our coach and general
manager yesterday that his conduct has been unacceptable and we're
moving forward without him."

The Kings, who were eliminated from the playoffs Thursday, have
two games remaining this season.

The 26-year-old Avery has 15 goals, 24 assists and 257 penalty
minutes this season as the Kings enforcer but has received more
notoriety for his off-ice opinions.

In September, Avery made derogatory comments about
French-Canadian players after then-Coyote defenseman Denis Gauthier
hit the Kings' Jeremy Roenick in an exhibition game. Avery issued
an apology after receiving a reprimand from the NHL.

During a game against Edmonton in October, the Oilers' Georges
Laraque, who is black, accused Avery of using a racial slur. Avery
denied the allegation.

Last week, Avery unleashed an obscenity-laced tirade at Brian
Hayward, the television commentator for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.