Mike Green

Mike Green spends key part of close game warming bench


The Washington Capitals matched the Winnipeg Jets blow-for-blow on Tuesday and managed to come out ahead with a 5-4 shootout victory. Before that happened though, with the game tied midway through the third period, the Capitals coaches decided that top defenseman Mike Green’s night was over.

Green had already played a role in two Jets goals, including a neutral zone turnover that resulted in a shorthanded marker. You can see that below:

“I didn’t think Greenie was having his best night,” Washington coach Adam Oates told the Washington Post. “The other guys were going pretty good, it got late in the game and I think [assistant coach] Calle [Johansson] just went with [John Carlson] and [Steve Oleksy] for a couple shifts.”

Still, Oates tempered his criticisms of Green beyond that by calling this a “minor hiccup.” Green has a minus-six rating, which puts him in a tie for second worst on the team in that category. He also has five assists while averaging 24:33 minutes per contest.

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.