2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Three

PHT Morning Skate: Where Kings fans are ready for a coronation

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.

Bill Plaschke pens a piece talking about how Los Angeles has waited a long time for a championship hockey team and now it looks like they’ve got one. (L.A. Times)

Last night’s surprise hero? None other than Alec Martinez. Not bad work for the Miami University product. (Kings)

Seriously, how good is the Kings PK? So good they’re a nightmare for New Jersey. (L.A. Times)

Bob McKenzie chimes in on how the Devils inability to cash in early did them in in Game 3. (TSN)

Know who’s excited about the Kings’ run? The Great One. (NHL.com)

Alan Maki sounds off on how the NHL’s drug registry should be more open about what they’re doing in the wake of finding Derek Boogaard’s extensive pill abuse at his team doctor’s hands. (Globe And Mail)

Now that Colorado has Cody McLeod re-signed, Adrian Dater says Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly should be next… Right? (All Things Avs)

It’s time to fire up those Antti Niemi-for-Rick Nash rumors again. (CSNBayArea.com)

Claude Giroux is resting nicely after multiple wrist surgeries. That must mean he’s not playing beer pong right now. (CSNPhilly.com)

Mark Messier has some thoughts on the Rangers and Kings. (New York Times)

Former NHL’er Brad Marsh is doing some great work. (Ottawa Citizen)

Danny Cleary is feeling good after his offseason surgery. (Detroit Free Press)

Kings grab goalie insurance by signing Budaj

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jhonas Enroth #1 and Peter Budaj #31 of the Los Angeles Kings stretch before a game against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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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.

Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

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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.