Nic Kerdiles

NCAA reduces Ducks prospect suspension to 30% of season


Wisconsin freshman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles was recently suspended for the whole 2012-13 campaign after allegedly violating the NCAA’s code of amateurism.

Kerdiles was allegedly linked to agent Ian Pulver.

The NCAA’s decision was appealed and the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement announced that his suspension will be reduced to 30% of the 2012-13 season. That means Kerdiles isn’t eligible to play in a total of 10 regular season contests, including two that have already taken place.

Wisconsin’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Regulatory Affairs Walter Dickey said that the University is “dismayed that any penalty whatsoever was imposed on Nic Kerdiles in this matter.”

Dickey maintains “that the facts demonstrate Nic had no culpability.”

The University has also encouraged Kerdiles to explore his options and the hope is that he’ll stay with the team.

Kerdiles was taken with the 36th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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: