Andrew Cogliano

Ducks avoid arbitration with Andrew Cogliano; Sign him to three-year, $7.17 million deal

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When the Anaheim Ducks acquired Andrew Cogliano from Edmonton for a 2013 second round pick, they were hoping to have acquired the third line center that could be the next coming of Todd Marchant. Marchant was a speedy penalty killer and solid guy up the middle that the Ducks thought highly of, but with his retirement they had a need at center. Enter Cogliano and now the Ducks can say they’ve at least got him locked away for the short term future.

Anaheim avoided going to arbitration with Cogliano and signed him to a three-year contract worth $7.17 million in all. Through his four years in Edmonton, Cogliano has been a steady 30-40 point per year player. On the high-scoring Ducks he won’t be relied upon for a lot of offense and getting that sort of production from the third line would be a big lift. Guys like Marchant and Kyle Chipchura in the past weren’t big point producers but they defended well enough. If Cogliano can help shut down opponents and continue to chip in like that offensively, the Ducks will be better off for it.

After all, the Ducks roll with a top line featuring Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry and they can provide enough offense for some teams for a full season. Should Teemu Selanne come back again, the second line will feature him along with elder statesmen Saku Koivu and Jason Blake once again. Getting things figured out depth-wise was a priority for Ducks GM Bob Murray and getting a bit younger by acquiring Cogliano was a good way to do it.

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.