Love him or hate him, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has shown an ability to raise his game and take others off theirs late in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Take 2011, for example.
Against the Vancouver Canucks, Marchand scored twice and had three points in Game 7, which the Bruins won, giving them the Stanley Cup.
He was also partly responsible for completely disrupting the Sedins – Daniel and Henrik – as that series progressed in favor of the Bruins.
The Bruins are back to the final for the second time in three years, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy winners.
One Stanley Cup isn’t enough for Marchand.
“It’s an incredible feeling. I don’t think it’s ever one that you can really describe. I think it just gets better and better every time,” Marchand told CSNNE.com.
“It was unbelievable to win that first one [Stanley Cup], but being back in the Finals and having the opportunity to go after another one, it feels the exact same. We’re very excited.”
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?
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: