Douglas Murray

Report: Sharks’ Murray leaves Swedish club

San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray has decided to part ways with Swedish second division club Djurgardens, according to

The veteran rearguard no longer appears on the team roster and is believed to be returning to North America in the near future.

Murray, 32, appeared in 14 games for Djurgardens, scoring 1G-2A-3PTS while racking up 36 penalty minutes. The signing received a lot of attention in Sweden as Murray used to play for the club at the junior level before leaving to play prep hockey in North America in 1997 (he’d later play four years at Cornell before signing with the Sharks.)

The timing of Murray’s departure has raised a few eyebrows.

Aside from the fact CBA negotiations have heated up in recent days, there’s also the not-so-tiny fact that Gabriel Landeskog — the reigning Calder Trophy winner — left Djurgarden earlier this week.

Landeskog and Murray join a list of other notable players that have recently returned from their European excursions: Tuukka Rask, Jason Chimera, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, most notably.

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: