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Poll: What they’ll be wearing at the 2011 All-Star Game – Do you like the new all-star jerseys?

With the 2011 All-Star Game taking on a new format and going away from the East vs. West or the North America vs. World styles that we’ve seen in the recent past, that means it’s time for some new duds for the guys who were picked for the superstar spectacular in Raleigh. In the past we’ve seen some pretty abysmal jerseys for the respective sides. We’ve had the “throwback” styles that had full-blown collars on them as well as stuff that came in green and purple. It makes you wonder who the ad wizards were that thought that was a good idea.

This year’s jerseys are a bit different in that there’s no real designation or name for the team. The teams will be named after the captains in a rather Twilight-esque manner (think Team Crosby, Team Ovechkin, Team Staal, Team Lidstrom) but the jerseys are going to be rather plain and simple all things considered. With one team wearing white trimmed in red and the other in blue trimmed with white, the new All-Star jerseys are pretty bland compared to what we’ve seen in the past.

Have a look for yourself here:

Stars adorn the jerseys and there’s a funky sort of thing going on with the sleeves that gives us a bit of a creepy Slim Goodbody sort of muscular feel to them. The jerseys will have the All-Star Game logo on one shoulder and the player’s team logo on the other. Players will all be able to keep their own numbers for the game which is a pretty nice thing to do so we can avoid any awkward numbering or negotiating to get your own number.

With this sort of format for the game, however, where teams are picked just a couple days in advance of the game this would’ve been a perfect moment to do something that Major League Baseball does for its All-Star Game: Let players wear their own team uniforms. Think about it, you have one team in white, the other in dark jerseys and you let them run wild. Players on teams with alternate jerseys could showcase them in the game in order to drive up interest in it if they felt like it or you could just wear your traditional stuff and show off who you’re playing for.

Not to mention how it would show off the potential dynamic of having teammates possibly playing against each other. It’d make for better marketing for the players, teams, and league to do this rather than putting them in color-neutral boring all-star jerseys. These jerseys aren’t bad necessarily, they just don’t do anything particularly pleasing for the senses. Then again, I’m a throwback fan and haven’t really cared for the All-Star Game jerseys ever since they took “Campbell” and “Wales” off the front, so perhaps I’m not the best person to market these jerseys towards.

What do you think? Are these jerseys worthy of a thumbs up or thumbs down? Vote in our poll and let us know.

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: