Richards (illness) took part in warmups and will play in Saturday's game against the Penguins.
Richards missed Friday's practice with an illness, but the ailment will not prevent him from taking the ice in Washington's do-or-die matchup with Pittsburgh. He will center the Capitals' fourth line.
Richards is dealing with an illness and missed Friday's practice as a result, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
It's too early to tell if Richards will be available for Saturday's Game 5 against the Penguins, but the next morning skate should help us shed light on the situation. Either way, this isn't likely to cause a stir in fantasy circles as the veteran has yet to record a single point in the playoffs.
Richards scored a goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Ottawa.
Richards opened the scoring early in the first period with his second goal of the season after being joining the Capitals in early January. With limited minutes and power-play time, the two-time Stanley Cup winner is of tremendous value to the Capitals for his defensive abilities, but doesn't produce enough offense to warrant fantasy relevance outside of deeper leagues.
The drug charge against Richards was stayed in court Wednesday, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Richards was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance while trying to cross into Canada last June, but with the charges now stayed by the judge, the 31-year-old center is closer to being in the clear. However, charges can still technically be brought back within one year (although it's rare for that to occur), so he's not completely out of the woods in terms of criminal liability . The two-time Stanley Cup winning center has just one goal in 15 games this season, but with the legal picture clearing up, he could draw some interest if he hits unrestricted free agency this summer.
Richards found the back of the net Monday in a 3-2 win over the Coyotes.
This was Richards' first point as a member of the Caps in 15 games. He's a two-time Stanley Cup winner playing for the best team in the league but Richards is only averaging 12:10 of ice time this campaign, and is well past his prime when he was a Flyer and went through a stretch of 283 points in 315 games between 2007-11.
Richards (undisclosed) will play in Thursday's game against the Wild, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
Richards skipped Wednesday's practice due to what was described as a maintenance day, but his presence among the forward ranks (fourth line center) during warmups indicates he'll be good to go Thursday. He's yet to notch a point in nine NHL contests this season, averaging just 12:28 of ice time, so it's best to temper any expectations for the veteran.
Head coach Barry Trotz said Richards (undisclosed) is questionable for Thursday's contest against the Wild, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Richards (undisclosed) was absent from Wednesday's practice with what was described at the time as a maintenance day for the defensive specialist. His presence at the optional morning skate casts some doubt as to his availability, so fantasy owners might want to have a contingency plan in case he can't take the ice tonight. Stanislav Galiev would draw into the lineup should Richards be unable to go.
Richards' trial in Manitoba will not begin until Feb. 25, the Canadian Press reports.
Richards was set to be tried on charges of possession of a controlled substance when he tried to enter Canada on June 17. The prosecutors are currently waiting on the results of an investigation requested by Richards' legal counsel. The ongoing legal issues continue to linger, but for now Richards appears to be adjusting to the rigors of the NHL grind and is likely to be a permanent fixture in the Capitals' lineup from here on, although his lack of offensive opportunity given him little fantasy value at the moment. He has no points in three games since signing up with Washington.
Richards made his season debut Saturday in Washington's 4-1 loss to Buffalo. He fired one shot and laid five hits in the loss.
He won five-of-11 face-offs and didn't embarrass himself out there. We're not ready to speculate on Richards' go-forward role with the Capitals, but suffice to say he should deliver some quality bottom-six minutes for the team. It may take a little time for him to settle into an offensive routine, so let someone else take the bait right now.
Richards took line rushes for Saturday's pre-game skate and is expected to play against the Sabres, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports.
Richards, signed by the Capitals on Jan. 6, has been improving in recent practices and head coach Barry Trotz appears ready to let him play. While the progress is reassuring, the Capitals have indicated they will be very pragmatic regarding Richards and a conditioning stint with AHL Hershey still looms as a possibility. It is hard to gauge Richards' fantasy value for the rest of the season although it does not appear at this time that he will crack Washington's potent top-six assuming everyone is healthy. Keep an eye on his progress, but it's hard to recommend picking him up in standard formats at this time, at least until his role becomes clearer.
Head coach Barry Trotz said Richards will not play Thursday against the Canucks, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Trotz said he would like to get Richards into the lineup before the All-Star game, which would put Richards' debut with the Capitals on or before the Jan.27 match against the Flyers if the timetable holds. It is also possible Richards will be sent down to AHL Hershey for a conditioning stint, as the 30-year-old forward has not played any meaningful hockey since April. In any case, Richards could be in the lineup in the not-too-distant future, so if you're considering rolling the dice on him deeper leagues, stay tuned.
Richards signed a pro-rated, one-year, $1 million contract with the Capitals on Wednesday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
Richards is expected to make about $500,000 as a result of the signing. The 30-year-old forward notched 16 points over 53 games last season, but hasn't seen any action this season after becoming an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. While he should provide some depth among the forward ranks, it's unclear exactly where the veteran will fit into the Capitals' lines moving forward.
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.
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.
Richards logged 11:41 of ice time Monday in his first game since being recalled from the AHL.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.
Richards was recalled from AHL Manchester on Sunday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.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.
Richards cleared waivers on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.In the absence of a trade, Richards -- who carries a salary cap hit of $5.75 million for the next five seasons -- thus appears on track to head to AHL Manchester to work on his game.
The Kings have placed Richards on waivers, TSN.ca reports.Other NHL teams have 24 hours in which to place a claim on Richards, who carries a salary cap hit of $5.75 million for the next 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.
Richards has just four assists and no goals in his last 17 games.Richards had a modest four goals in the first 23 games this season but has seen his production dry up as his shooting percentage has normalized and his ice time has dropped.
Richards tallied his first game-winning goal of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Wild.
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