The Tampa Bay Lightning are down 2-0 in their first round series with the Montreal Canadiens and they’re hoping they can get key rookie forward Ondrej Palat back for Game 3.
According to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, Palat skated at an optional practice this morning. Palat missed Game 2 and left Game 1 early in the third period with an injury.
Lightning assistant coach Rick Bowness told NHL.com’s Arpon Basu that Palat will be a game-day decision for Game 3 much the same as he was for Game 2.
With Tampa Bay down in the series and headed to Montreal, the Lightning are in a bit of a desperate position. Getting Palat and possibly Ben Bishop back in Game 3 on Sunday night would be a major lift.
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: