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Here are salary cap details of the Kings-Richards settlement

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Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has the skinny on how Mike Richards’ contract settlement with the Kings — which will run until 2032, not 2031 as first reported — will play out, from a cap perspective:

2015-16 is $3.12 million. That’s the cap recapture plus a $1.8 million payout.
2016-17 to 2019-20 is $1.57 million. That’s the cap recapture plus a $250,000 payout.
2020-21 is $700,000.
2021-22 and 2022-23 are $900,000.
2023-24 and 2024-25 are $700,000.
2025-26 to 2028-29 are $600,000.
2029-30 and 2030-31 are $500,000.
It ends in 2031-32 at $400,000.

Per an earlier Friedman report, here’s how the cap hits would’ve gone had L.A. bought out Richards last summer:

2015-16: $1.2M
2016-17: $1.7M
2017-18: $2.7M
2018-19 and ’19-20: $4.2M
2020-25: $1.5M

The league has defended the Richards settlement, saying it does not believe there’s any cap circumvention at play, adding it has been monitoring the situation closely.

“If the settlement was simply a disguised way to get favorable cap treatment, we certainly would have considered it to be a circumvention and acted accordingly,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “But this wasn’t that. Far from it. There is absolutely zero concern that anything that transpired here could in any way be considered a ‘circumvention’ of the CBA.

“Anyone who believes to the contrary is clearly not privy to the facts.”

It remains to be seen how teams that were “screaming bloody murder” will respond to this latest development.

Isles score four on vaunted Preds D, win second straight in Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (AP) — Slowly but surely, the New York Islanders are getting acclimated to their new home.

John Tavares and Nikolay Kulemin scored in the third period and the Islanders held on to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night.

Anders Lee and Kyle Okposo scored in the second period to tie the score for the Islanders after they fell behind, and Thomas Greiss finished with 44 saves. Tavares and Lee also had an assist and Mikhail Grabovski added two as New York won its second straight and improved to 2-0-1 in its new Brooklyn home.

“You’ve got to find ways to win,” Tavares said. “You won’t always have your best. We were able to beat one of the best teams in the West. You look at their team. It was a good way to battle back and find a way to win.

“Our crowd has been great. Fans have been great. They have brought energy and passion.”

Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg and James Neal scored for the Predators, who lost for the first time after opening the season 3-0-0. Pekka Rinne had 24 saves.

The game was Nashville’s first at Barclays Center, the Islanders’ new home after spending the franchise’s first 43 years at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

Tavares’ goal with 8:11 left in the third period gave the Islanders a 4-2 lead. It was his third in three games at home this season.

Neal pulled the Predators within one less than three minutes later, but they couldn’t get the tying goal past Greiss.

“It was our best game of the year by a mile,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “Worst result.”

Watson opened the scoring 2:14 into the game with an unintended assist from New York defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who redirected the Nashville left winger’s jam shot into the net.

The unassisted goal was the first of the season for Watson. It also highlighted a first period in which the Predators outshot the Islanders 17-7.

Forsberg doubled Nashville’s lead 4:22 into the second period with his second of the season. The sequence began with Neal carrying the puck into the offensive zone and taking a shot that Greiss stopped, but the puck bounced over the New York goalie and Forsberg poked it into the net.

“That’s probably the best game of the four,” Nashville captain Shea Weber said.

Lee made it 2-1 just 40 seconds later with a wrist shot that beat Rinne.

Okposo tied it with a 4-on-4 goal with 8:04 remaining in the second. He corralled a loose puck in the defensive zone and then skated up the ice and outwaited Rinne before whipping a shot into a semi-vacated net.

“It was a broken play,” Okposo said. “(The puck) hit a skate and I caught it. (I) tried to beat my guy up the ice (and) I just tried to make (Rinne) hesitate a little bit. There’s not a lot of room on the net to shoot at and I was able to get it past him.”

Kulemin stuffed a rebound of a shot by Brock Nelson past Rinne to put the Islanders up 3-2 at 6:42 of the third.

NOTES: Predators C Mike Fisher skated in his 950th NHL game. … New York D Thomas Hickey and G Jaroslav Halak missed their fourth straight game with upper body injuries. … The Islanders scratched F Steve Bernier. … Nashville scratched Anthony Bitetto, Viktor Arvidsson and Victor Bartley. … The announced attendance was 10,542, which included members of the Italian State Police.

Video: Bolts’ Nesterov tossed for hitting from behind (Update: McKenzie hospitalized)

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Bit of nastiness in the second period of tonight’s Bolts-Stars game in Tampa Bay.

Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov, playing in just his second game of the season, was given a major penalty for checking from behind — and a game misconduct — after hammering Dallas forward Curtis McKenzie late in the second period.

McKenzie was clearly shaken up on the play, and needed help leaving the ice. The Stars did not immediately update his status.

The Stars exacted a measure of revenge for their injured teammate moments later. Jason Demers scored on the ensuing power play, Dallas’ second PPG of the night and Demers’ first of the season.

The marker gave the Stars a 4-1 lead, which they carried into the third period.

Update:

Still perfect: Price stones Rangers, Habs move to 5-0

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With a storied franchise like Montreal, records don’t get set very often.

Which made Thursday night pretty special.

For the first time in franchise history the Habs are off to a 5-0 start, courtesy a 3-0 win over the Rangers at the Bell Centre.

Carey Price stopped all 24 shots faced for his first shutout of the year, continuing a string of impressive play which has seen him record four wins in four tries this season, not allowing more than two goals in a single outing.

One of those 24 saves, of course, was the jaw-dropper on Rick Nash in the video above.

Not bad.

Price wasn’t the only Canadien with a strong performance on the night. Tomas Fleischmann potted the game-winner midway through the middle frame — his second goal of the year — while Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec added the insurance markers, the latter an empty-netter.

For the Rangers, tonight’s game marks the second in a row where the offense sputtered.

The club wasted a great effort from Henrik Lundqvist (29 saves on 31 shots) and now has just one goal over its last 120 minutes, scored way back in the first period of Tuesday’s loss to Winnipeg.

Of course, that lack of offensive output isn’t all on New York.

They’ve faced some good goaltending over the last two games, starting with Michael Hutchinson two nights ago and continuing with Price this evening.

As for Montreal, the club is riding a high.

Price is playing up to his usual high standards, the offense is being spread around nicely (eight different players have scored now) and history bodes well. Per CBC, the last three Montreal teams to start the year 4-0 went on to win the Stanley Cup — so in that light, this 5-0 start could be the beginning of something special.

Tough night: Tampa rules out Hedman after Benn hit (Video)

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Thursday’s proving to be a lousy night for the Bolts.

Having already lost d-man Nikita Nesterov — he was tossed for an ugly hit from behind — the Lightning are now without the services of Victor Hedman, who was ruled out after taking a bit hit from Dallas captain Jamie Benn.

The hit occurred in the second period and Hedman exited immediately. Benn wasn’t penalized on the play, and Tampa Bay officially ruled out Hedman’s return midway through the third.

While the club didn’t release the nature of his injury or severity, it’s worth pointing out that Hedman has a history with concussions, missing 13 games with one during the ’11-12 campaign.