John Tavares

PHT Morning Skate: Where we respect John Tavares


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.

The Islanders play-by-play man on MSG really likes John Tavares—and really dislikes a blogger. (Islanders Point Blank)

Steve Yzerman said from the beginning that he has a long-term plan for the Lightning. Just because their struggling this year, it doesn’t mean he’s going to lose sight of the plan. (Tampa Tribune)

Remember Mark Bell? Well, he’s back in the NHL—and he’s appreciating every minute of it this time. (LA Times)

Olli Jokinen wants to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames. But will they want to re-sign him at the end of the season? (QMI Agency)

Minnesota Wild fans enjoy it when their team scores three goals in 59 seconds. Who knew? (Hockey Wilderness)

Speaking of the Minnesota/Dallas game, Steve Ott probably won’t be happy to hear that the Wild thought he was their MVP on Saturday night. (Dallas Morning News)

There will be plenty of rumors and moves between now and the trade deadline. But maybe it would be in the Avs’ best interest to avoid the silly season altogether. (Denver Post)

Logan Couture is good at hockey. (CSN Bay Area)

The Hawks were dominated, Corey Crawford was pulled, and Jonathan Toews was forced to leave the game early in Nashville. All in all, it was an awful night for the Blackhawks in Nashville. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Despite the loss, this is a pretty sweet goal from Marian Hossa. But when you realize it’s Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne that he’s abusing in this highlight, it makes it all the more impressive. (NHL)

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: