Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his goal at 19:00 of the first period against the New York Islanders in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.
(May 4, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Pascal Dupuis, Penguins agree to four-year, $15 million deal


The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their offseason theme of keeping their 2013 squad largely intact with the signing of Pascal Dupuis to a four-year, $15 million contract.

That’s a huge jump over his previous two-year, $3 million deal, but it’s still meaningfully less than he probably would have gotten had he elected to test the unrestricted free agent waters.

Dupuis broke out in 2011-12 with 25 goals and 59 points in 82 games. Last season he showed those numbers weren’t a fluke by recording another 20 goals and 38 points in 48 contests.

This will give the 34-year-old a similar cap hit to Chris Kunitz, who recently agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million extension. Dupuis and Kunitz providing the club with hometown discounts was necessary given how much the team has committed to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang.

As it is, Pittsburgh already has $48.95 million in cap space allocated to just nine players in 2014-15, according to Cap Geek.

How the Penguins deal with that issue will determine how competitive they can be going forward, but if nothing else they shouldn’t be hurting for goals.

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: