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PHT Morning Skate: Where Eric, Jordan Staal get ready for first season together


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.

Carey Price has a sore groin, but he insists that it’s “just a real minor thing” and he’ll be available on Saturday. (Calgary Sun)

Speaking of groin problems, Todd Bertuzzi couldn’t finish the Detroit Red Wings’ Thursday evening skate for similar reasons. (Detroit Free Press)

Even after they failed to lure Zach Parise to Pittsburgh over the summer, the Penguins have reasons to feel good about Sidney Crosby’s wingers. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Daniel Carcillo has been practicing on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa in the Chicago Blackhawks’ training camp. (CSN Chicago)

Eric and Jordan Staal have always been competitive with each other, but on Saturday they’ll begin their first NHL campaign together. (News & Observer)

The Ottawa Senators left for their season opener in Winnipeg with three goaltenders. Senators coach Paul MacLean said, “Right now, between the three of them, it’s hard to say which one is the best.” (Ottawa Sun)

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi couldn’t be happier to have Mike Modano join his franchise as an Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor. (Dallas News)

After trading Matthew Lombardi and waiving Tim Connolly, the Toronto Maple Leafs have handed Nazem Kadri a golden opportunity. (Toronto Sun)

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)

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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: