Claude Giroux

Flyers owner Ed Snider rips decision to leave Giroux off Team Canada … again


Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider isn’t at all pleased that his team’s captain, Claude Giroux, was left off Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team yet again. And he let his feelings known.

Giroux, along with Martin St. Louis, were believed to be the two frontrunners to be named as the single replacement for the injured Steven Stamkos, who will not be competing for Canada in Sochi because his broken tibia hasn’t fully healed yet. That decision was officially made on Wednesday.

On Thursday, St. Louis was named as that replacement. He’ll return to the Olympics, having competed for Canada in 2006.

Giroux was snubbed once again. Snider let his thoughts be known Thursday evening, as the Flyers defeated the Colorado Avalanche. Giroux scored his 19th goal of the season – into an empty net.

As per Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post, Snider said Giroux is “…better than half the guys” on Team Canada.

“Anybody that thinks that Claude Giroux doesn’t belong on the Canadian Olympic team, they don’t know anything about hockey,” said Snider.

He continued: “…as far as I’m concerned. It’s politics to a certain degree. He had to pick his own guy. His guy’s good, but Claude’s better.”

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: