NEWARK, NJ - MAY 03: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes a stick save against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 3, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Believe it or not, winning OT playoff games is hard for Brodeur

The New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur has rewritten the history book, so you would just naturally assume that overtime postseason games are another area where he’s been traditionally dominate.

Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. While he’s earned 105 playoff wins, Brodeur entered the 2011-12 campaign with a 12-21 record in postseason overtime contests.

2012 has been the exception for Brodeur. With four of the Devils’ last five games going to overtime, Brodeur has held his own and posted a 3-1 record in those contests. Those three overtime wins are a new personal best for Brodeur in a single playoff run, and the Devils are only three games into their second round series.

Brodeur celebrate his 40th birthday on Sunday, but he certainly hasn’t been playing like a man whose career is winding down. While he has let in some weak goals along the way, Brodeur is still one of the reasons the Devils are just two wins away from the Eastern Conference finals.

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: