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Ducks extend Cam Fowler for five years, $20M


The Anaheim Ducks continued today’s trend of last-minute contract extensions, locking up speedy defenseman Cam Fowler to a five-year contract extension.

The deal will be worth $20 million overall and $4 million per season according to Curtis Zupke. That means Fowler is under contract through the 2017-18 campaign.

Fowler replaces Lubomir Visnovsky in two significant ways: being the teams go-to skating blueliner and becoming Anaheim’s highest-paid defenseman once that extension kicks in.

The 20-year-old still has a year left on his entry-level contract. He fell to the Ducks as the 12th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft after many believed he would go third overall.

Fowler has shown offensive flair so far in his career, but a -53 rating in two seasons also highlights significant room to improve in his own end.

Matt Reitz reports that Ducks GM Bob Murray described Fowler as “a character kid with a great chance to become an elite defenseman.”

Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

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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)

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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.

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: