some “residual” payment for Rene Bourque tonight, but it’s unlikely to satisfy many angry Washington Capitals fans. Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves with Bourque seconds after the Montreal Canadiens forwards stepped onto the ice tonight, but Bourque got the better of him:
As Sean Leahy points out in this screen cap, Bourque almost channeled Jake “The Snake” Roberts during the fight:
(On the bright side, Bourque
hasn’t betrayed “The Ultimate Warrior.”)
we’re on the subject of video games tonight, it’s probably safe to say that the revenge Russian Machine Never Breaks provided is better than the one that happened in reality:
Then again, there’s still time for the Capitals to give him the old “punch-out” if they’re not satisfied with that first attempt, as there are still two periods to go.
Update: The Caps didn’t win that battle, but they won the game 3-0 thanks to some great work by Michal Neuvirth. This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.
The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed),
according to Hockey’s Cap.
At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.
As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.
The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.
All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.
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.
released a similar statement.
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?