Marek Svatos is prepared to leave Colorado

It’s been a tough season for Marek Svatos and it looks like he’s on
his way out of Colorado. The right winger is in the midst of a
two-season slump and it’s only getting worse; for some making $2 million
and scheduled to be a free agent this summer, that’s usually a sign
he’ll be moved. If someone will take him.

Svatos is
prepared for what may come.

“If it happens, it happens. I’m ready for it,” Svatos
said. “I just put it in the back of my mind. We’ll see.”

Prior to signing his two-year contract ins 2008, Svatos had two 45+
point seasons and twice scored more than 25 goals with the Avalanche.
Since then, he’s managed just 20 goals and 24 points in 113 games. Not
to say he’s slacking — by all accounts Svatos is a hard worker and has
been doing everything he can to get out of this slump — but too many
times you see players get their contract and then the production drops

Perhaps this could be a case of a new environment sparking
him again. He’s a right-handed right wing with proven scoring ability;
there’s value in that around the NHL. Chicago (interesting) and San Jose
had scouts at last night’s game; there’s bound to be some interest

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    Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers

    The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”

    The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.

    The NHLPA released a similar statement.

    It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.

    We’re starting to find out some details now:

    How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?

    Stay tuned.

    Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for ‘assault on a female’ (Updated)

    Brad May, Kevin Hodson, Jiri Fischer, Aaron Ward

    Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for “assault on a female,” per WNCN.

    Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

    Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

    Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

    According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife’s phone.

    Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.

    And here’s a statement from TSN: