2013 playoffs

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 2 picks


PHT staffers — myself (Mike Halford), Jason Brough, Joe Yerdon, James O’Brien, Ryan Dadoun and Cam Tucker — did reasonably well with their picks in the opening round.

Well, everybody but me did reasonably well:

Halford: 3-5
Brough: 7-1
Yerdon: 5-3
O’Brien: 6-2
Dadoun: 6-2
Tucker: 5-3

Brough was the overall winner winner chicken dinner, Dadoun was the only staffer to pick San Jose over Vancouver and Yerdon was on the money by taking the ‘Hawks in 5, Red Wings in 7, Kings in 6, Penguins in 6 and Rangers in 7.

As for the commenters? The best shout came from “Raleik,” the only person to correctly predict a quick exit for the Canucks (picked the Sharks in 5).

Onto Round 2 we go…

Western Conference

No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 7 Detroit

Halford: ‘Hawks in 7

Brough: ‘Hawks in 5

Yerdon: ‘Hawks in 5

O’Brien: ‘Hawks in 5

Dadoun: ‘Hawks in 5

Tucker: ‘Hawks in 5

No. 4 Los Angeles vs. No 6. San Jose

Halford: Kings in 6

Brough: Kings in 5

Yerdon: Kings in 6

O’Brien: Kings in 6

Dadoun: Kings in 7

Tucker: Kings in 6

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Ottawa

Halford: Penguins in 6

Brough: Penguins in 7

Yerdon: Penguins in 6

O’Brien: Penguins in 6

Dadoun: Penguins in 6

Tucker: Penguins in 6

No. 4 Boston vs. No. 6 New York Rangers

Halford: Bruins in 6

Brough: Rangers in 6

Yerdon: Rangers in 6

O’Brien: Bruins in 7

Dadoun: Rangers in 6

Tucker: Bruins in 7

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: