Tuukka Rask

This afternoon’s starting goalies – April 2

Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.

We’ll have tonight’s starters later on today.


Atlanta @ Boston – 1 p.m. ET

Atlanta’s starter: Ondrej Pavelec gets the start in goal for the playoff-less Thrashers. (Source)

Boston’s starter: It’s an afternoon game in Boston and today that means it’s Tuukka time as Tuukka Rask gets the start. (Source)

Tampa Bay @ Minnesota – 2 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay’s starter: Dwayne Roloson gets the start for the Lightning. (Source)

Minnesota’s starter: Niklas Backstrom gets the call in goal for the Wild. (Source)

Detroit @ Nashville – 3 p.m. ET

Detroit’s starter: Jimmy Howard is back for Detroit after missing the last few games with a shoulder ailment suffered against Toronto. (Source)

Nashville’s starter: Pekka Rinne gets the call against the Wings. He’s been lights out in his career against Detroit. (Source)

Dallas @ Los Angeles – 4 p.m. ET

Dallas’ starter: Kari Lehtonen gets the nod in a crucial game for the Stars. (Source)

Los Angeles’ starter: Jon Quick gets the start for the Kings in what’s an important game for them just the same. (Source)

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: