The NHLPA has been largely successful getting the fans and media on its side during the CBA negotiations with the owners, but as we saw this week in Calgary, the players aren’t throwing a perfect game in the PR department.
In case you missed it, Monday it was reported that the Flames would skip Thursday’s annual charity golf tournament en masse in order to attend union meetings in New York City.
Tuesday, they woke up to the following front page on the Calgary Sun:
Not surprisingly, the players scurried into damage control, with Matt Stajan saying there had been a “mix-up” (yes, that’s what he called it) and a number of Flames would indeed be golfing Thursday.
This morning, the Sun’s front page looked like this:
Bit of a lesson there – when you make a lot of money, don’t bail on charity functions you’ve already committed to.
Doesn’t look great.
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?
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: