Joffrey Lupul

PHT Morning Skate: Joffrey Lupul was having a hard time in Russia


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.

Joffrey Lupul wasn’t just having a rough time getting reservations in Toronto, he found life in Russia difficult as well. Even talking to girls is hard there! (

No, the heirs to the Stanley Cup won’t be trying to reclaim the trophy. (Canadian Press)

Lockout stuff: Donald Fehr says he’s waiting on the NHL to come talk to the players. Care to guess what the league is waiting on? You got it. (

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says it’s way past time to get things settled. (Tribune-Review)

Stefan Noesen talks about being forced to miss World Juniors thanks to his 10-game suspension in the OHL. (Senators Extra)

Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean will coach the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. (Sportsnet)

You totally want to vote for Louie, the St. Louis Blues mascot for Cartoon Network’s “Most Awesome Mascot” award. (Blues, Cartoon Network)

Today marks Day 96 of the NHL lockout and it might be time to call in Tomas Holmstrom’s backside to help get this whole thing squared away.

Finally to lift your spirits, the University of Vermont women’s hockey team want to sing a Christmas classic to you. (YouTube)

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: