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.
Penguins GM Ray Shero denied reports that Sidney Crosby has concussion symptoms. So did his agent. (ESPN.com)
Jaromir Jagr has no problem being seen as a role player with the Boston Bruins rather than a star. In fact, he kind of likes it. (The Star-Ledger)
San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture reflects on how former teammate Ryane Clowe, who was traded to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, helped him grow as a hockey player. (CSN Bay Area)
Rookies have been the key to the Ottawa Senators’ success this season. (Ottawa Sun)
Speaking of which, newly acquired forward Cory Conacher skated on a line with fellow rookies Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad in his first Ottawa Senators’ practice. (Ottawa Citizen)
New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit admitted that he was worried about the possibility of being traded. (New York Newsday)
A detailed look at the Dallas Stars trades of Derek Roy and Jagr. (Hockey Prospectus)
Goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit has signed an entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames. (Calgary Sun)
In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.
The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.
At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.
As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.
The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.
All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.
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?