Vincent Lecavalier on P.K. Subban: ‘Most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that’


In case you were wondering, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier won’t face any discipline after getting thrown out of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens for a slash on P.K. Subban.

To give you a quick refresher, Lecavalier and Subban repeatedly exchanged shoves that eventually escalated to a couple slashes from Subban followed by a big two-handed number by Lecavalier. On first impact it looked like a brutal blow, but upon further review it actually ended up being one of the “better” acting jobs by a Canadiens player since then Habs-forward Mike Ribeiro drew a penalty by writhing on the ice.

Damian Cristodero caught up with Lecavalier, getting his thoughts on the situation with Subban. In the fine tradition of Sean Avery and other pests, it seems like Subban’s antics aren’t making him many friends.

Asked if he believed Subban milked it for the refs, Lecavalier said easily, “Oh, of course.”

On Friday morning, Lecavalier commented further on Subban:

“Everybody knows he was playing a role there. Myself and probably most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t respect anybody. It’s all there is to say. He’s not a well-liked guy, not because of the way he plays but because of the way he does things. He’s a great player.  He will be for a long time. But his attitude, that’s just the way he is.”

I used to call Avery the “Bart Simpson” of the NHL, but Subban might be a better fit for that role. Then again, Subban’s act worked – for better or worse – in that Lecavalier lost his cool and was thrown out of the game. In the end, both come away looking a bit silly, but at least neither player ended up injured.

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: