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[Tuesday's FTB] Mike Richards was waived and you won't believe what happened next

"Hey Prongsy, isn't it about time you retire?"
"Hey Prongsy, isn't it about time you retire?"
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Mike Richards and Chris Pronger: one of these players is a Hall of Fame inductee; one of these players is on the Arizona Coyotes roster; one of these players works for the NHL; one of these players can never play hockey again; one of these players may never play hockey again.

I'll let you figure out which one is which.

Leafs news

Report: Nazem Kadri, Richard Panik get qualifying offers from Leafs | The LeafsNation

This means Eric Knodel and Andrew MacWilliam have been let go to free agency.

As a reminder, Bernier did not get a QO in the same manner because the Leafs elected salary arbitration.

Report: Leafs could keep up to $2 million in Kessel's salary - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs have reportedly offered to an unknown team, to keep up to $2 million in Phil Kessel's salary in a deal to trade the 27-year-old winger.

Wally Stanowski, last link to Leafs’ 1940s Stanley Cup wins, dies at 96 | Toronto Star

Piece of Toronto Maple Leafs’ glorious past or elaborate fraud?  Stanowski insists teammate Howie Meeker’s five-goal game was a work of fiction | National Post
This is from January, but it's probably the last, and most interesting, interview with Stanowski. 'I scored two of them,' Wally Stanowski says. He means he scored two of the five record-setting goals that, on Jan. 8, 1947, were credited to Howie Meeker

Mike Richards

So what happened here? There's no definitive details, but several media people have leaked that there was some kind of incident at a border crossing that was serious enough for the Kings to believe they could terminate Richards' contract.

Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract, could face battle with NHLPA - LA Times
The Kings moved to sever their relationship with center Mike Richards by terminating his contract, citing "a material breach" by the player.

Pierre McGuire indicates Mike Richards contract breach occurred at border crossing | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Did Pierre McGuire out the reason why the Kings terminated the contract of Mike Richards for a "material breach" of his deal?

Hall of Fame

Overshadowed yesterday by the Mike Richards news was the announcement of the 2015 HHoF inductees.

Lidstrom, Fedorov named 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees - Winging It In Motown
Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov are part of a Detroit Red Wings-heavy Hockey Hall of Fame induction Class of 2015. Both had a major impact on Detroit.

Angela Ruggiero was a great player, perfect as a pioneering role model
Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero became the fourth female player to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Phil Housley named to the Hockey Hall of Fame - Pension Plan Puppets
Phil Housley named to the HHOF. Setting numerous records, the current Nashville assistant coach has left an undoubtable mark on the game. He retired as a Maple Leaf in 2003.

Karmanos, Man Who Moved Whalers To N.C., Going In Hall Of Fame - Hartford Courant
Pete Karmanos isn't the most popular man in Hartford, and the latest news won't go over well in Connecticut. Karmanos is going into the hockey Hall of Fame in the "Builder" category.

Other news

Flames in on Cody Franson? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
All of your right handed defensemen are belong to us.

Hakan Loob on Oliver Kylington: "Sign him right away and bring him over to North America" - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Former Flame Hakan Loob is very, very, very, very high on Oliver Kylington's potential. Actually, that might be an understatement.

A farewell to my all time favorite Flyer - Broad Street Hockey
I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zac Rinaldo has played 1,675 minutes in the NHL. The league has disciplined him for a total of 1,449 minutes <a href="http://t.co/9GMOIRbM2O">pic.twitter.com/9GMOIRbM2O</a></p>&mdash; Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) <a href="https://twitter.com/TravisSBN/status/560062686726459392">January 27, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Dallas Stars Sign Antti Niemi to Three-Year Contract For $4.5 Million Cap Hit - Defending Big D
This could be a benchmark for Bernier.

Dougie Hamilton, Tyler Seguin and the Boston Bruins: A Study in Scarlet Letters - Defending Big D
The Bruins once again decided to trade an immensely valuable player they didn't have to trade, and they're here to tell you that it's the player's fault [again].

NHL Expansion: Houston Ready For Professional Hockey - Defending Big D
Houston is the perfect market for the NHL to consider as it looks to expand. Come see why.

Claude Julien is getting fired this season. Place your bets in our poll! - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Place your bets!

Pan Am Games: Tickets 25% off on Canada Day as competition nears - CBC News
Medal matches for soccer are already sold out.