Nick Foligno, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid will likely hear from NHL for knee-to-knee


Kevin Porter received a four-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on David Booth. Keep that in mind when you check out this clip, as Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid might face similar discipline for this check on Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno. (One difference that shouldn’t matter in punishments but just might: Foligno returned to the game.)

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

McQuaid received a five minute kneeing major and a game misconduct on the play, which provides another difference from the Porter situation. (Porter received a two-minute kneeing penalty.)

So yes, there are some contextual differences, but both are knee-to-knee hits. So what do you think, does McQuaid deserve a suspension? If so, should he sit out less time, more or the same? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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: