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PHT Morning Skate: Hall not liking his chances for Team Canada

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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.

Taylor Hall would love to be part of Team Canada at the Olympics, he just doesn’t think he’s done enough to prove it. (Sportsnet)

Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton are doing their part to help fill in for Dennis Seidenberg. (CSNNE.com)

The Blues already sent Jake Allen back to the AHL, but Jaroslav Halak still isn’t feeling well. (Post-Dispatch)

Dennis Wideman returned to Calgary’s lineup after missing a month with a broken hand. (Calgary Herald)

More Olympics talk: Blake Wheeler getting named to Team USA is just what he needed. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Meanwhile, Erik Johnson takes his Team USA snub to focus on helping the Avalanche make the playoffs. (Denver Post)

If you haven’t seen what Henrik Lundqvist’s mask for the Rangers’ Stadium Series games, you’re going to want to. His nod to the Yankees is pretty great. (Art of Dave)


The 2014 IIHF Hall of Fame class features Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Ruslan Salei among its six inductees. (IIHF)

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: