NHLPA files grievance for Mike Richards, Rangers sign Jarret Stoll, Jori Lehtera sidelined by ankle surgery and more in your morning coffee headlines.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The NHL Players Association has filed a grievance against the Los Angeles Kings over the termination of Mike Richards’ contract. The club cited a“material breach of the requirements of his standard player’s contract” as its justification after Richards was detained for several hours at the US-Canada border, though no charges have been filed against him. An independent arbitrator will hear the case.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By terminating Richards’ contract, the Kings shed all but $1.32 million (salary-cap recapture penalty) of his $5.75 million cap hit for next season. If the arbitrator rules in favor of Richards, I’m assuming the Kings will be stuck with his full cap hit for 2015-16.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers signed center Jarret Stoll to a one-year, $800K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After pleading guilty earlier this year to two misdemeanor drug possession charges, Stoll is undoubtedly grateful for this opportunity. The Rangers needed depth at center on their checking lines, especially in the faceoff circle. This could prove to be a good, affordable way to address that issue.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues center Jori Lehtera recently underwent surgery on his right ankle and will be sidelined six-eight weeks. He will miss training camp in September and could be doubtful for the Blues’ season opener on Oct. 8.
TRIBLIVE.COM: After missing most of last season to a blood clot in one of his lungs, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis outlined how he’ll be using blood thinners to continue his career.
SI.COM: Allan Muir believes the NHL should adopt the NFL’s new concussion protocol.