Shea Weber

Let the countdown(s) begin: NHL releases schedule for salary arbitration hearings

The deadline for players to file for salary arbitration was July 6. As of this moment, 21 players will have their 2010-11 paychecks determined during hearings that will begin on July 20 and extend through August 4. Please keep in mind that these hearings aren’t guaranteed to happen, however, because the two sides can come to an agreement on any kind of contract term before then.

The biggest names include Tampa Bay Lightning breakout player Teddy Purcell (July 20), New York Rangers forwards Brandon Dubinsky (July 21) and Ryan Callahan (July 28), Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber (August 2) and New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise (August 3).

The PHT staff will provide arbitration hearings of our own on some of the biggest targets as their hearings approach, but until then, check out the full list. (Note: Sergei Kostitsyn was listed on the original release, but the Predators signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to avoid that process today.)

July 20: Lauri Korpikoski (Phoenix), Teddy Purcell (Tampa Bay), Viktor Stalberg (Chicago)

July 21: Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton), Brad Richardson (Los Angeles), Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)

July 22: Ryan Wilson (Colorado)

July 25: Andrej Sekera (Buffalo), Brian Boyle (New York Rangers)

July 26: Kevin Porter (Colorado)

July 27: Alec Martinez (Los Angeles)

July 28: Josh Gorges (Montreal), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers)

July 29: Jannik Hansen (Vancouver)

Aug. 2: Shea Weber (Nashville)

Aug. 3: Chris Campoli (Chicago), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), Zach Parise (New Jersey)

Aug. 4: Mark Fraser (New Jersey), Dan Sexton (Anaheim), Blake Comeau (New York Islanders)

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.