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PHT Morning Skate: Poapst joins AHL Iowa’s coaching staff


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.

Terry Frei argues that the Colorado Avalanche will regret their decision to pass on Seth Jones with the number one pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (Denver Post)

Retired defenseman Steve Poapst will serve as an assistant coach with the AHL Iowa Wild. Poapst had 36 points and 173 penalty minutes in 307 career NHL games. (

The Nashville Predators are taking some steps to try and ensure that Chicago Blackhawks fans don’t attend the 2013-14 games between those two clubs at Bridgestone Arena. (CSN Chicago)

On Wednesday, Nassau County will name the developer that will have the rights to renovate Nassau Coliseum. That’s the current home of the New York Islanders, but they have plans to relocate to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Newsday)

Blake Kessel is happy to see Maple Leafs fans embrace his older brother, Phil Kessel, despite some rocky patches along the way. (Toronto Sun)

Does 21-year-old forward Taylor Hall have the potential to eventually post a 100-plus point season? (Edmonton Journal)

Kings grab goalie insurance by signing Budaj

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jhonas Enroth #1 and Peter Budaj #31 of the Los Angeles Kings stretch before a game against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.

The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.

At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.

As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.

The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.

All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.

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.