Patrick Marleau late scratch for Game 1 (update)

marleau.jpgSharks forward Patrick Marleau was a late scratch for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. Marleau did skate in warm-ups with the team but did not suit up for the game itself and is listed as having an undisclosed injury.

We’ll update with more as it becomes known to us, but don’t expect much elaboration on what is ailing him, finding out legitimate information on an injury in the playoffs would require a gallon of truth serum being fed to the head coach.

[Update] According to the good folks on Versus and Sharks assistant coach Trent Yawney, Marleau is out of the game nursing an illness after running a fever throughout the day. They felt it would be better to sit him out and let him recover. Probably not a bad idea. [Update]

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    Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female (Updated)

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    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.

    Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

    The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

    Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.