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.
Give Dustin Penner credit: he might be a big wobbly punching bag to hockey snarksters, but the guy has a sense of humor. Want proof? He’s putting together a “Pancakes with Penner” raffle to benefit charitable causes. (MayorsManor via Puck Daddy)
Shawn Thornton’s verbal sparring partner Tony Gallagher trots out an eye-rolling annual trope: will the rest of the NHL try to ape [insert previous season’s champion]? In this case, Gallagher wonders if other teams will attempt to beat everyone up, because it’s not like the Boston Bruins employ arguably the best goalie and defenseman in the league or anything … (Vancouver Province)
Tomas Kundratek reflects on his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals. (CSNWashington.com)
Kerry Fraser gives a rundown on the recent string of penalty shots. (TSN)
Marc Savard is returning to Boston tonight, but he won’t be in a Bruins uniform. Instead, he will host a luxury suite gathering of pediatric patient at Children’s Hospital Boston. (CSNNE.com)
Katie Baker waxes on hockey player nicknames. (Grantland)
Bruce Dowbiggin has a great piece on guys like Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro who are brave enough to analyze games from between the players’ benches … and all the stories/colorful language they can’t share. (The Globe & Mail)
The good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of the Philadelphia Flyers’ tumultuous 2010-11 season. (CSNPhilly.com)
The New Jersey Devils are allowing and generating more shorthanded goals than anyone else in the NHL so far this season. (Boston.com and NJ.com)
Here is one of those league-leading 11 penalty kill tallies, via Ilya Kovalchuk:
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?
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: