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PHT Morning Skate: Where Luongo keeps getting more interesting


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.

How Roberto Luongo has become one of the most interesting people in the sport. (The Vancouver Province)

Adrian Dater: “This is the most ridiculous labor dispute in sports history, bar none.” (The Denver Post)

Now Ken Dryden is criticizing the NHL and NHLPA for the lockout. (Calgary Sun via Kukla’s Korner)

Check out this nifty old photo of Steve Yzerman and Gordie Howe talking shop. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Hey, it’s the 20th anniversary of the Mighty Ducks movie. Feel free to make references to knuckle pucks, flying-V’s and Emilio Estevez. (

An interesting alternative to the debated “make whole” business. (Puck Daddy)

Projecting James van Riemsdyk’s potential impact on the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Blue Chip Prospects via Pension Plan Puppets)

Looking back at George Plimpton’s brief, famous spin as a Boston Bruins goalie. (

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: