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Stamkos, Subban headline Wednesday’s star-studded charity game in Toronto

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Following is the full complement of participants for Wednesday’s RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge in Toronto. The  exhibition (with proceeds towards the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund) will be held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a.k.a. the renovated Maple Leaf Gardens.





Michael Del Zotto

Chris Campoli

Mike Komisarek

Carlo Colaiacovo

Niklas Kronwall

Tomas Kaberle

Dion Phaneuf

John-Michael Liles

Kyle Quincey

P.K. Subban

Dan Cleary

Brad Boyes

Tim Connolly

David Clarkson

B.J. Crombeen

Logan Couture

Steve Downie

Phil Kessel

Chris Kelly

Tom Kostopoulos

Clarke MacArthur

Matthew Lombardi

Matt Martin

Joffrey Lupul

James Neal

Jay McClement

Teddy Purcell

John Mitchell

Steven Stamkos

Steve Ott

David Steckel

Peter Regin

Kris Versteeg

Chris Stewart

Wojtek Wolski

Dan Winnik

Jonas Gustavsson

Martin Biron

Mike Leighton

With media in attendance, we’ll see if the players have anything to say on the disclaimer of interest topic. The NHL referenced previous NHLPA commentary in its class-action complaint (see section 43) in hopes the courts will side with the league’s “sham” argument.

Perhaps the players will be provided with fresh talking points to repeat over and over and over.

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: