Some tough news today for the Atlanta Thrashers, who will have to try
and make the playoffs without Evander Kane for at least the next three
weeks. Kane had a CT scan today that confirmed he has a fractured left
foot. On top of that, defenseman Cristoph Shubert is out three to five
weeks with a pulled muscle in his hip.
The injuries will most
likely hinder the Thrashers too much as they attempt to make the
playoffs despite trading away Ilya Kovalchuk.
With Shubert out for
that length of time, Atlanta could possibly call up a defenseman from
the AHL. One possibility is recently acquired Ivan Vishnevkskiy, but the
team could also call upon Chris Chelios to make a triumphant return to
The fact that the team would have choose between a 48
year old and a 22 year old defenseman to call up seriously astounds me. I
know I would pay much more attention to the Thrashers if Chelios were
And how ironic is it that Chelios could get called up to
replace a player that hurt his hip? Get it? Because he’s old!!
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?
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: