Anders Nilsson

Report: Olver, Nilsson sign with KHL clubs


The New York Islanders think they finally have a strong starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. They still need a backup though and it looks like Anders Nilsson won’t be an option.

Nilsson, 24, has reportedly agreed to terms with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League, per’s Igor Eronko.

If that’s true, it would mesh with earlier reports that Nilsson was planning to head to Europe after the Islanders balked at his request for a one-way contract. He would have been a restricted free agent this summer after posting a 3.11 GAA and .896 save percentage in 19 games with New York.

Colorado Avalanche forward Mark Olver will also play in the KHL in 2014-15 after signing with Sochi, according to player agent Darryl Wolski.

Like Nilsson, Olver was scheduled to become a restricted free agent. He spent the 2013-14 campaign in the minors, but the 26-year-old had 10 goals and 22 points in 74 career contests with the Avalanche.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female (Updated)

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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.

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.

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


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.