The Dallas Stars will not allow Sean Avery to return to the team and the Stars say they won't challenge the conduct clause in Avery's contract and will explore any options for his future that are consistent with the anger management counselling he's receiving as part of his suspension. Brochu's take: Let's hope Avery cleans up his act, otherwise, he just shouldn't be in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks have traded forward Brian Sutherby to the Dallas Stars for the rights to forward David McIntyre and a conditional 6th round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues are in early negotiations with the NHL to begin the 2009-2010 season in Sweden, playing against the Detroit Red Wings. Source
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
According to Swiss sources, Florida Panthers forward Ville Peltonen will leave after his contract expires and sign with HC Lugano of the Nationalliga A for the 2009-2010 season. Source