Mike Richards

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    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Mike Richards: Skating with former junior team

      Richards is back on the ice, skating with his former junior squad in Kitchener, and looking to get back to the NHL, reports Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record. He is an unrestricted free agent after coming to a settlement with the Kings after they terminated him following his arrest for possession of a controlled substance. He indicated that several teams have asked about him, but wouldn't reveal which ones. "I don't think it's about having anything to prove but more that burning desire to continue to have success," he said. Richards also avoided conversation about his brush with the law this past summer and instead focused on the future. "You can't do anything about it now but push forward and look toward the future and try to learn from your mistakes," he added. The two-time Stanley Cup winner has lost a big chunk of his game, but could still provide spot-start value should he claw his way back to a middle-six role with an NHL team.

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      Mike Richards reaches settlement on terminated contract

      Mike Richards reached a settlement with the Kings on the forward's terminated contract Friday, Josh Cooper of Yahoo! Sports reports. The Kings terminated Richards' contract on June 29, citing a "material breach" of terms. By terminating the contract, the Kings were initially on the hook for a cap hit of $1.32 million per year for the next five years. After reaching a settlement with Richards on Friday, LA will now reportedly be on the hook for a much lighter cap hit every year until 2031. Richards is now officially an unrestricted free agent, but it remains to be seen if any NHL club will roll the dice on the troubled forward.

    • Charges Announced For Ex-King Richards

      News: Mike Richards was formally charged with possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada stemming from a June 17 border stop by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba, Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
      Analysis: The Kings determined the incident gave them just cause to release Mike Richards for a "material breach" of his 12-year contract, a decision that prompted the NHL Players Association to file a grievance. The nature of the border stop likely won't affect the outcome of that legal battle, as both the NHLPA and the Kings were aware of the circumstances surrounding the incident. Currently a free agent, Richards is able to sign with any team while the grievance remains underway, but his steep decline in performance over the last few seasons coupled with this ongoing dispute probably has few organizations interested in his services.
    • Report: Border Stop Why Kings Terminated Richards

      News: Mike Richards had his contract terminated by the Kings on Monday after he was allegedly stopped by police June 17 and questioned about illegal presciption drugs near a Canadian border crossing, according to a report from TMZ Sports.
      Analysis: Mike Richards reportedly wasn't charged with a crime during the police stop, but was asked about the prescription painkiller Oxycodone. It's not clear from the report if Richards was even carrying the drug in question at the time, though the Kings evidently determined from the evidence that the incident represented a "material breach" of the forward's contract with the team. The Kings were thought to be pursuing a buyout of the remainder of Richards' 12-year, $69 million contract, so the timing of the report will likely lead the NHLPA to investigate the situation closely. Regardless of the outcome, Richards is officially an unrestricted free agent and will be free to sign with any team.
    • Kings Release Richards On Breach Of Contract

      News: The Kings have terminated Mike Richards' deal for a "material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract."
      Analysis: The Kings' statement on the Mike Richards situation read as follows: "We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time." Richards -- who cleared waivers Monday morning -- was believed to be a buy out candidate by the Kings, but if it's determined that the forward did indeed breach his contract, the team would be in line to gain substantial financial relief. In any case, Richards is now on track to become an unrestricted free agent, and will be free to shop his services elsewhere.
    • Kings' Richards Placed On Waivers

      News: Mike Richards was placed on unconditional waivers by the Kings on Sunday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.
      Analysis: It is assumed that once Mike Richards clears waivers, he will be bought out by the Kings. The move will result in a big hit to the Kings' salary cap, Richards' deal lasted though the 2021-22 season and is expected to cost the team $14.67 million over the next 10 years. Though no organization is likely to put in a claim on Richards at his current cap hit, he should still generate some interest around the league once he clears waivers. Richards provided just five goals and 11 assists in 53 games with Los Angeles in 2014-15, but he's only 30 and is a few years removed from a 60-point campaign.
    • Richards Returns In Kings Win

      News: Mike Richards logged 11:41 of ice time Monday in his first game since being recalled from the AHL.
      Analysis: Mike Richards figures to slot into a checking role with the Kings when he's in the lineup and doesn't figure to make much of an impact as a result.
    • Kings Recall Richards

      News: Mike Richards was recalled from AHL Manchester on Sunday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
      Analysis: Mike Richards accumulated 14 points in 16 games with AHL Manchester, earning a recall with the Kings. He will provide depth among the forward ranks while Jarret Stoll sits with a suspected concussion. It's unclear how long his run with the team will last, but a strong performance could make the decision tougher.
    • Kings' Richards Clears Waivers

      News: Mike Richards cleared waivers on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
      Analysis: In the absence of a trade, Mike Richards -- who carries a salary cap hit of $5.75 million for the next five seasons -- will report to AHL Manchester on Wednesday to work on his game.
    • Kings Waive Richards

      News: The Kings have placed Mike Richards on waivers, TSN.ca reports.
      Analysis: Other NHL teams have 24 hours in which to place a claim on Mike Richards, who carries a salary cap hit of $5.75 million for the next five seasons. Per the report, if Richards -- who has recorded 15 points in 47 games for the Kings to date -- goes unclaimed, he would then be assigned to AHL Manchester.
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