Jump to content

P. Marlowe's Photo

P. Marlowe

Member Since 19 May 2008
Offline Last Active Today, 05:36 PM

Topics I've Started

Patty with a Hatty (Eaves Gets 3 in 1 Period)

12 February 2016 - 04:30 AM

NHL.com Video


Lately Patrick Eaves has gotten playing time in Stars' first line with Seguin and Benn and he has 7 points in the last 4 games. Last night against Chicago he scored a hat trick in the first period. The game ended 4-2.



Eaves entered with four goals in 34 games, but he put Dallas in front at 3:19 with a wicked shot over Crawford's right shoulder. After Klingberg scored on a backhand that went off the right knee of Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson and through Crawford's legs, Eaves tacked on a pair of power-play goals.

Seguin found a wide-open Eaves in front for a redirection past Crawford on the glove side at 16:26. He added a rebound goal off Seguin's shot with 16 seconds left in the period.





Mike Richard's Contract Terminated (Not Bought Out)

30 June 2015 - 06:47 AM


The Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards on Monday, citing a “material breach” of contract.

Richards, 30, was placed on waivers on Sunday - many believed with the Kings seeking flexibility to buy him out of the five years and $22 million remaining on his deal.

Instead, with his contract terminated, the Kings would potentially only be left with a $1.32 million salary cap recapture penalty in each of the next five seasons. Richards would not receive any of the money owed to him.

“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract,” the Kings said in a statement. “We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”

According to the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams may terminate a contract if “a player shall at any time: fail, refuse, or neglect to obey the Club’s rules governing training and conduct of Players, if such failure, refusal or neglect should constitute a material breach of this SPC” [Standard Player’s Contract].






A few issues:

One, if this gets the Kings out of a buyout and frees up cap room, that’s some serious finesse out of a really tight spot. With Richards’ contract off the books now (except for a salary cap recapture penalty of $1.32-million per season for the next five years) the Kings are reportedly looking into re-signing defenceman Andrej Sekera or right winger Justin Williams, and that could easily get done before an arbitration hearing addresses this unusual termination.

Two, it would have to some egregious violation for the NHLPA to stand for such a move to wipe out a guaranteed long-term contract.

Three, it would also seem that it should be a serious violation in order for the Kings to cut ties with a player when they stood firm with defenceman Slava Voynov following his domestic violence incident.

This seems like a situation destined for a courtroom and Richards has $22-million reasons to want to fight the Kings’ course of action. The NHLPA would figure to have even more.


Scott Cullen




Gossip on.