Boston College wins national championship

boston-college.gifBoth Wisconsin and Boston College came into the National Championship game as top seeds in the tournament and both more than looked the part in crushing their opponents in the semifinals, but it was Boston College that proved they were the most difficult and dangerous team of them all after crushing Wisconsin 5-0 to win their second National Championship in three years.

Ben Smith, voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, got the Eagles on the board in the first period with a wide-open shot from the slot on the power play and much like in BCs semifinal against Miami, they wore down the more physically imposing Badgers with their speed and tenacity from that point on as they would not give up the lead from that point on.

The main question surround BC going into this tournament was on how their seemingly poor defense and goaltending would hold up against the best teams in the country. To say that Boston College answered those questions with authority would be an understatement. BC allowed one goal to the tournament’s top seed Miami and shutout #3 overall seed Wisconsin in the finals.

Leading the charge for Boston College was the tournament’s breakout star Cam Atkinson (a Blue Jackets prospect) who scored two backbreaking goals in the third period and finished the tournament with six goals, three assists and nine points overall. He finished up his season with 30 goals. Junior goaltender John Muse, who came into the year facing questions about his play, has now backstopped his second National Championship team as he was the main man in goal for the Eagles in 2008 as a freshman. His NCAA Tournament record now sits at an astounding 8-0.

For Boston College, this marks their fourth National Championship (1949, 2001, 2008) and the third title at Boston College for head coach Jerry York and his fourth overall in his legendary career (1984 Bowling Green).

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    Kings grab goalie insurance by signing Budaj

    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jhonas Enroth #1 and Peter Budaj #31 of the Los Angeles Kings stretch before a game against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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    In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.

    The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.

    At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.

    As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.

    The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.

    All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.

    Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

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    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.