Tag: Mike Richards

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Preds’ Clune clears waivers, buyout coming


Predators forward Rich Clune cleared unconditional waivers on Sunday and will likely be bought out by Nashville.

Clune has one year remaining on his two-year, $1.7 million deal with a cap hit of $850,000.

According to Capfriendly.com, the buyout will cost the Preds $283,333 in each of the next two seasons.

“I’m very grateful for my years playing for the Nashville Predators,” Clune said via Twitter. I want to thank David Poile and the rest of the staff for everything. Most important my teammates and the fans mean the world to me. Thank you.

“Nothing changes, I plan on playing in the NHL next season and will continue my rigorous training regimen out in Los Angeles this off season.”

Clune spent most of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals scoring six goals and 17 points to go along with 181 penalty minutes.

Parenteau, Fistric land on unconditional waivers

In addition to Mike Richards, Ducks’ defenseman Mark Fistric and Habs’ forward P.A. Parenteau have also been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.

Fistric’s buyout will cost the Ducks $1.8 million over the next four years while Parenteau will cost the Habs $1.3 million each of the next two seasons.

Kings place Mike Richards on unconditional waivers

Colorado Avalanche v Los Angeles Kings

The L.A. Kings have placed Mike Richards on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout, according to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.

According to Capfriendly.com, the buyout will cost the Kings $14.7 million over 10 years. He will count against the Kings’ cap through the 2024-25 season. Richards’ largest cap hit will come during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons when he will account for $4.2 million against the cap in each season.

Richards’ decline in play saw him land on waivers during the 2014-15 season. After clearing he spent 16 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League scoring three goals and 11 assists.

The 30-year-old had five goals and 11 assists in 53 NHL games during the 2014-15 season to go along with a minus-10 rating.

Richards has five years remaining on his 12-year, $69 million contract.

Bergeron wins third Selke Trophy in four years

2015 NHL Awards - Show

For the second straight year, the finalists for the Selke Trophy were Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Anze Kopitar and once again Bergeron came out on top.

This is the third time in four years that Bergeron has taken home the award and the one time he fell short in that span, he still was recognized as the runner-up. The two-way center had a league-leading 60.2% faceoff success rate in 2014-15. From an analytics perspective, he looked superb with a 57.36% 5-on-5 Fenwick on a Bruins’ team that had a 48.01% rating when he wasn’t on the ice.

Jonathan Toews finished just shy of Bergeron with the final margin being 1,083 to 1,051. That’s in contrast to last year when Bergeron ran away with the award.

Here are the voting results for the award, cutting off at the top 10:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 1083 (75-29-19-8-11)
2. Jonathan Toews, CHI 1051 (51-58-20-9-8)
3. Anze Kopitar, LAK 364 (5-8-29-32-17)
4. David Backes, STL 363 (7-17-20-20-14)
5. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 238 (3-9-13-21-17)
6. Max Pacioretty, MTL 156 (7-4-7-4-11)
7. Marian Hossa, CHI 105 (2-3-6-8-10)
8. Tyler Johnson, TBL 69 (1-3-4-4-6)
9. Ondrej Palat, TBL 68 (0-4-5-3-6)
10. Ryan Kesler, ANA 67 (0-3-4-6-8)

Year Winner Runner-up
2015 Patrice Bergeron, Bos. Jonathan Toews, Chi.
2014 Patrice Bergeron, Bos. Anze Kopitar, L.A.
2013 Jonathan Toews, Chi. Patrice Bergeron, Bos.
2012 Patrice Bergeron, Bos. David Backes, St.L
2011 Ryan Kesler, Van. Jonathan Toews, Chi.
2010 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. Ryan Kesler, Van.
2009 Pavel Datsyuk, Det Mike Richards, Phi.
2008 Pavel Datsyuk, Det. John Madden, N.J.
2007 Rod Brind’Amour, Car. Samuel Pahlsson, Ana.
2006 Rod Brind’Amour, Car. Jere Lehtinen, Dal.
2004 Kris Draper, Det. John Madden, N.J.
2003 Jere Lehtinen, Dal. John Madden, N.J.
2002 Michael Peca, NYI Craig Conroy, Cgy.
2001 John Madden, N.J. Joe Sakic, Col.
2000 Steve Yzerman, Det. Michal Handzus St.L
1999 Jere Lehtinen, Dal. Magnus Arvedson, Ott.
1998 Jere Lehtinen, Dal. Michael Peca, Buf.
1997 Michael Peca, Buf. Peter Forsberg, Col.
1996 Sergei Fedorov, Det. Ron Francis, Pit.
1995 Ron Francis, Pit. Esa Tikkanen, St.L
1994 Sergei Fedorov, Det. Doug Gilmour, Tor.
1993 Doug Gilmour, Tor. Dave Poulin, Bos.
1992 Guy Carbonneau, Mtl. Sergei Fedorov, Det.
1991 Dirk Graham, Chi. Esa Tikkanen, Edm.
1990 Rick Meagher, St.L Guy Carbonneau, Mtl.

Attention agents: Coyotes are at least $18M from cap floor

2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7

For many NHL teams, the most relevant salary cap news for 2015-16 is that the ceiling will be $71.4 million. In the case of the Arizona Coyotes, it may be a strenuous race to the floor.

The floor is set at $52.8 million, which means the Coyotes will need to spend more than $18 million to get there.

(General Fanager has their cap spending at a slightly lower level, but let’s stick with “more than $18 million” to keep things simple.)

Whatever the exact amount may be, this development generated a slew of jokes from those hoping their teams would shed unwanted salaries. Just looking at the replies to that Five for Howling tweet, here are some “friendly suggestions.”

Anyway, you get the point, but there are a few things to consider.

For one thing, the Coyotes have a ton of players they can re-sign.

Granted, some of them might not be worth retaining, like maybe Martin Erat. Still, the likes of Mikkel Boedker should eat up space, and the Coyotes may want to pay extra for a backup in case embattled starter Mike Smith isn’t a pretty good goalie after all.

On the other hand, Oliver Ekman-Larsson ranks among those who are concerned that the Coyotes’ latest off-the-ice saga may hurt their standing in the eyes of many free agents. That, along with a surplus of available draft picks, could indeed mean that Arizona GM Don Maloney may prefer to call up teams suffering from cap crunches.

Long story short: it may be silly too dream too big here, but go ahead and make your Cam Ward/Mike Richards/etc. jokes as needed. A long summer is coming, after all.

UFA of the Day: Justin Williams

Los Angeles Kings v Dallas Stars

Check PHT every day until June 30 for a new pending unrestricted free agent of the day. Today’s UFA of the Day is…

Justin Williams

If you look at his regular season numbers, Williams’ career has been fine, but hardly unique. But of course, Williams isn’t known for what he does in the regular season.

He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion that’s scored 30 goals and 78 points in 115 playoff games. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014 and has been called Mr. Game 7 for scoring seven goals and 14 points in his seven career Game 7s, per ESPN.

That has to be balanced against the fact that he scored a comparatively lukewarm 18 goals and 41 points in 81 contests in 2014-15, but certainly any team that’s been struggling to live up to expectations in the playoffs would have to be intrigued by the possibility of signing Williams on the open market.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, for example, are looking to bolster their supporting cast as they try to capture a second Stanley Cup championship during the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era.

That’s assuming of course that he doesn’t re-sign with the Kings first. Los Angeles doesn’t appear to have the cap space at the moment to re-sign him, although depending on what happens with Mike Richards in terms of a possible trade or buyout, that could change.

“At this point, I love L.A. If I re-sign here, great. I’ll be part of a great team moving forward,” Williams told Sportsnet.

“But if not, I’m going to try to restart my career somewhere else, turn the page and try to win as many hockey games as I can. I’m at a point in my career where it’s not all about money, it’s about winning for me.”

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