It’s happened a few times the past few years and Randy Sexton would
like to see it again. Departed general managers have lately had a
tendency to stick with the team that is replacing them, and Sexton would
welcome the same opportunity after the Florida Panthers hired Dale
Tallon in his place.
an AP report:
On a conference call with reporters
Wednesday, Sexton called Tallon a
“very, very worthy choice” for the franchise.
Sexton says he has told Tallon he would “help him in any way that he
needed it,” and planned to speak with Florida’s new GM again in the
There’s no questioning that Dale Tallon
brings a nice pedigree to the Panthers after building the Chicago
Blackhawks into the team it is today, but perhaps having Sexton on board
in some capacity would be beneficial.
Tallon was fired as the GM
of the Blackhawks in part because of the salary cap trouble he put the
team in, with the fax snafu being the final straw. Sexton could help
assist Tallon in building a team with a lower payroll, one that doesn’t
have the ability to spend to the cap every single season.
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.
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?