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.
Andrej Meszaros was Boston’s one pickup at the trade deadline to help out their ailing blue line. Joe Haggerty says it’s not enough for a team looking to win the Stanley Cup. (CSNNE.com)
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Habs goalie Dustin Tokarski was a stud last night stopping 39 shots in Montreal’s shootout win. His reason for success? His lucky posts. (Montreal Gazette)
In case you were wondering, the Jets won’t be calling Alex Burmistrov back for any help with Mark Scheifele out with an injury. (Winnipeg Free Press)
The St. Louis Blues give up an average of 26.4 shots per game. That’s down eight shots from what Ryan Miller faced in Buffalo and he’ll need to get used to that lack of action. (Post-Dispatch)
Finally, if you’ve been missing NHL Revealed lately, here’s their look at what went down when Jaromir Jagr scored his 700th career goal.
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: