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Riding the Zamboni – Tuesday, November 16th

With just three games tonight, the ride on the Zamboni will be short but it’ll be worthwhile with the Leafs getting off the schnide, Carey Price standing on his head once again, and the Stars shining brightly in Dallas.

Montreal 3 – Philadelphia 0

It was a battle between highlight-reel goalies with Carey Price getting the start against Sergei Bobrovsky but it would be Price that would shine tonight. Price stopped 41 shots in earning his third shutout of the season. I think we can officially put away the Price/Halak comparisons for good as Price has been outstanding. After being the NHL’s #1 star of the week last week, he continues to impress in stopping the red-hot Flyers. Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, and Brian Gionta all scored for the Habs. Meanwhile, Bobrovsky looked a bit tired and after starting in his 11th straight game, I think he’s got a valid excuse if he was. Bobrovsky made 25 saves in the loss.

Toronto 5 – Nashville 4

Things looked bleak early for Toronto when the Predators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. A Luke Schenn goal seemed to snap the Leafs out of things and get them rolling. Kris Versteeg scored two goals while Mikhail Grabovsky and Nikolai Kulemin added goals for the Leafs on the way to the victory. Jonas Gustavsson closed out the game for starter Jean-Sebastian Giguere after Giguere left the game with an apparent groin injury. For Nashville, their woes resume and tonight their defense is to blame. After winning two in a row after snapping a five-game losing streak, the Preds went back to old habits in this one. They played tough, but sloppy. For Toronto, the win snaps their eight-game losing streak. The team needed a win something terrible and the way they came back tonight is almost virtually inspiring.

Dallas 2 – Anaheim 1

Brad Richards’ eighth goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period to give the Stars the win. A rather pedestrian game all around saw Dallas get a power play goal from Steve Ott while Anaheim’s lone goal came courtesy of Corey Perry, his ninth goal of the year. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots in the win while Jonas Hiller saved 24. The loss snaps a seven-game point streak for the Ducks.

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.