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PHT Morning Skate: Where Islanders have big decisions to make


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 argument for the Pittsburgh Penguins sticking with Tomas Vokoun for the start of the second round. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Portland Winterhawks are the 2013 WHL Champions. St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie had a hat trick in the deciding game. (

The New York Islanders have some tough decisions to make this summer. They have a number of notable players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, including Brad Boyes, Mark Streit, and Evgeni Nabokov. (Newsday)

After years of failing to make the playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs are being looked at in a different light. (ESPN)

Donna Lebano was eight months pregnant when she attended Game 5 of Chicago’s first-round series against the Minnesota Wild. She began to experience contractions during the second period, but as she put it, “No way was I leaving.” She went to the hospital after seeing the Blackhawks eliminate the Wild and gave birth to her “very patient” son. (ABC)

Previewing the upcoming Pittsburgh-Ottawa series. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Team Canada and Team USA have both guaranteed their spots in the World Championship’s quarterfinals. (TSN)

Highlights from Toronto’s 2-1 victory over Boston:

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Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

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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: