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The notorious agitator was signed (four years, $15.5 million) at the insistence of co-GM Brett Hull, who felt the Stars needed more grit. What they got was a divisive locker room presence suspended by the NHL five months later for ugly public comments about former girlfriends. Avery was waived in March 2009 and claimed by the Rangers, leaving half his salary on the Stars' books.

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