The Los Angeles Kings have decided to part ways with Sean Avery after an argument with assistant coach Mark Hardy during practice Wednesday, a team source told the Los Angeles Times.
Avery did not travel with the team to Phoenix after meeting with general manager Dave Taylor and interim coach John Torchetti after practice.
A spokesman for the team said Avery would not play the remainder of the season or postseason, but was not suspended.
Henrik Lundqvist made the trip to Pittsburgh with his Rangers teammates yesterday afternoon, but his status tonight will be that of spectator, not goaltender. Lundqvist, who has missed the last five games with a strained hip flexor, skated yesterday for the first time in a week.