Although Oilers coach Tom Renney initially felt Cory Sarich’s hit on Taylor Hall during Friday’s game was clean, he started to have second thoughts on Sunday.
“The check was going to get finished no matter what,” Renney said. “One thing I forgot to check and see was whether they had a high reload to protect the pinch. If they didn’t then it kind of makes you wonder what the intent was there.”
Hall lost his footing prior to the hit, which is why his head was at the same level as Sarich’s elbow. That’s pretty much the argument for it being a clean hit, but now Renney seems to be wondering if it was really an unfortunate accident or if Sarich took advantage of the situation. Here’s the hit again so you make your own call:
The good news is that Hall wasn’t dealing with post-concussion symptoms on Sunday, although the Oilers intend to follow the concussion protocol with him. After all, they don’t want to take any chances with the health of one of their rising stars.
In 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.
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?