Dwayne Roloson

Report: Roloson turned down Leafs goalie coach gig, still wants to play


Sounds like the NHL’s oldest player from last season wants another kick at the can.

According to a source of TSN’s Darren Dreger, 42-year-old Dwayne Roloson turned down an offer as a goaltender consultant/coach with Toronto and will continue focusing on his playing career.

Roloson, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is currently an unrestricted free agent. He’ll turn 43 on Oct. 12.

Here’s more, from Dreger:

Two weeks ago, St. Croix took over the Leafs’ goalie coach duties from Francois Allaire, who left in a cloud of controversy after it was revealed he’d been given an ultimatum by head coach Randy Carlyle:

The [ultimatum] list included: working a maximum 17 days a month, including six with the Marlies, rather than being around the team every day; apologizing to the coaches on staff he had offended; and a commitment to teaching a more aggressive goaltending style.

It’s believed Allaire bickered with Toronto’s coaching staff throughout most of last season, especially during the team’s disastrous 7-18-4 finish (during which goaltending proved to be a major issue.)

So…maybe Roloson’s reason for rejecting the gig wasn’t all about his desire to keep playing.

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: