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.
Is Zach Parise the guy the Blackhawks really need? Tracey Myers asks the question. (CSNChicago.com)
While other teams are busy fighting over Parise and Ryan Suter, the Kings are happy to sit back and take care of their own. (Los Angeles Times)
The New Jersey Devils mascot is apparently not a big fan of Parise Watch. Good thing he deleted the tweet. Bad news? The internet never forgets. (Twitter h/t to @unmatchedsock for the screen cap)
Justin Bourne thinks the free agent process needs some tweaking and I can’t say I disagree, either. (Backhand Shelf)
Panthers wunderkind Jonathan Huberdeau is looking like he’ll be a stud in South Florida next season. (On Frozen Pond)
Steve Ott is really fired up over going to Buffalo. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got ever Boston-Buffalo game circled for next season. (Buffalo News)
Cody Franson’s negotiations with Toronto have everything to do with him having opportunities. (TSN)
Mark Whicker gets down and dirty with Sheldon Souray. Wait, that came out wrong. (OC Register)
Signings: Sharks sign Alex Stalock among others. (CSNBayArea.com)
Coyotes sign Chris Conner. (Coyotes)
Matt Smaby signs with Anaheim. (Ducks)
Finally, goalies are looking pretty sweet on EA’s NHL 13. (YouTube)
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?