The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 23rd

Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans.

Skepticism surrounds the World Hockey Summit

Thrashers re-sign Bryan Little – He regressed a bit last season, but that’s still a pretty good deal for a guy who already hit the 30-plus goal mark once so far.

Cristobal Huet to play in Switzerland – So much for the Chicago Blackhawks’ salary cap issues. Now, that whole losing money thing? That could still be a problem.

Red Wings re-sign Justin Abdelkader – Another good player signed for a cheap price. Today was a good day for contract extensions, at least for the teams who signed them.

Blues search for investors going along slowly – Maybe they can generate more interest if they win more games next season?

Michael Bublé mocks the Calgary Flames – Some might call him irresponsible.

NHL’s successes in Europe increase with more preseason games – Jetlag Shmetlag.

Report: Kovalchuk, Devils decision coming soon – Stay tuned, hockey fans.

Niklas Kronwall’s still dealing with knee problems – He’s still on the fence about surgery. That’s not good.

Cristobal Huet’s agent says he would have been willing to renegotiate his contract – Unfortunately, the current CBA won’t allow him to do so. Instead, Huet will have to play overseas.

MSG hires Butch Goring to replace Billy Jaffe in the broadcast booth

Poll results: Readers want the NHL to stay with the Olympics – Good to know you’re not (completely) crazy sometimes.

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    Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female

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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.

    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.