We have a trade to announce: Gilbert to Wild, Schultz to Oilers


The Oilers and Wild have swapped defensemen, Edmonton sending Tom Gilbert to Minnesota for Nick Schultz.

Gilbert, a Minnesota native, is signed for two more seasons with a cap hit of $4 million. He registered a career-high 45 points in 2008-09 and obviously the Wild are hoping he can provide more offense than the recently departed Marek Zidlicky.

Schultz, a 2000 draft pick of the Wild and the franchise’s leader in games played (743), is signed for two more seasons with a cap hit of $3.5 million. He’s a defensive defenseman headed to a team that ranks 22nd in goals-against average.

Overall both teams address concerns – Minnesota needs to create more offense from its back end and Edmonton needs to shore things up defensively.

That said, the news still took Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck by surprise.

“It’s shocking,” Clutterbuck said, as per the StarTribune. “He’s what this organization is all about. Has been for 10 years.”

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: