Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates during player introduction before taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on February 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 1-0.
(February 23, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

PHT Morning Skate: Where youth movement elevates Chicago


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.

The race for the Calder Trophy is looking wide open. (Edmonton Journal)

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen feels his team gets “no respect” from the referees, but he also believes “it’s our fault.” (Sun Sentinel)

Meanwhile Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore (groin) is hoping to return before the end of the season. (Miami Herald)

Washington Capitals forward Mike Ribeiro will play in Montreal tonight for just the second time since he was traded in 2006. (CSN Washington)

The Winnipeg Jets are doing just as bad defensively as they did in 2011-12. (Winnipeg Sun)

Evgeni Nabokov is talking about a contract extension with the New York Islanders, but for now the 37-year-old goaltender is just enjoying the battle for a playoff spot. (New York Newsday)

The Chicago Blackhawks latest youth movement has been a big part of the team’s success this season. (CSN Chicago)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (lower body) took part in Monday’s practice. He sidestepped the question on when he might return, saying “it’ll be up to the coach.” (

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: