The Dallas Stars have been without a captain ever since Brenden Morrow was traded to Pittsburgh last season. And according to new general manager Jim Nill, that will be the case until new head coach Lindy Ruff gets to know his troops a bit better.
“I am going to sit down with Lindy when we get into training camp and we’ll make that call then,” Nill said, per Stars Inside Edge. “I want Lindy to get a feel for the team a little bit first. It will happen sometime during training camp or the exhibition season.”
Leading contenders for the ‘C’ would have to include their current alternate captains Jamie Benn, Stephane Robidas, and Ray Whitney. And if we had to guess, we’d probably make Benn, 24, the favorite.
The Stars are hardly the only NHL team with a vacancy at captain — unless we missed a memo, the Sabres, Flames, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Islanders, Senators, and Lightning don’t have one either.
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: