Jonas Hiller

PHT’s Morning Skate: Jonas Hiller had a bad night

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jonas Hiller had a night to forget about getting pulled against the Coyotes while Martin Hanzal went hog wild for Phoenix in a 5-4 win. (OC Register)

Meanwhile, Kurtis Foster had a nice first game back for the Ducks. Now if only he could stay healthy… (OC Register)

While they fight for a new arena in Edmonton, Terry Jones gives up 20 reasons why they should develop the area. (Edmonton Sun)

Things are so bad for Edmonton right now they’re excited about journeyman Corey Potter on defense. (Edmonton Journal)

In case you were wondering, the Sharks won’t be platooning their goalies this time around. Take it away, Antti. (

Mike Tenay of pro wrestling fame (WCW, Total Nonstop Action) is penning an occasional column for the Kings. He’s not “The Professor” for nothing. (Kings)

The Bruins are hoping to snap out of those slow starts to their games. We’ll avoid the cheap Red Sox-related joke this time. Just know we were thinking it. (

Tomas Vokoun is off to his best start since 2005-2006. Sure beats playing in Florida, eh? (Caps Insider)

Speaking of hot starts in Washington, Mathieu Perreault everybody. He’s also sporting a pretty sweet hair do. (

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: