Patrick Eaves

Eaves cleared to play, but Helm out

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Patrick Eaves is on the verge of returning to NHL action for the first time since taking a slap shot to the head (broken jaw, concussion) on Nov. 26, 2011.

Per the Detroit News, the 28-year-old Red Wings forward has been cleared to play and will be on the season-opening roster.

While the news is great for Eaves, general manager Ken Holland admits another healthy forward “does create a logjam that we’ll deal with.”

One player that doesn’t currently comprise part of the logjam is Darren Helm; the 25-year-old forward has been placed on short-term injured reserve (back) with Friday’s game against Minnesota being targeted for his return.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female

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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.

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.