The Capitals have signed Mike Richards to a one-year, $1M deal.
Richards had his contract with the Kings terminated in 2014 after he faced a charge of possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. The Capitals met with the NHL on Wednesday and he was granted permission to resume his NHL career. Richards won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and has 482 career NHL points (179G / 303A) in 710 games.
The Kings have recalled Mike Richards from Manchester (AHL).
Richards has registered three goals and 11 assists (14 points) in 16 games with Manchester this season. He has been recalled because the Kings are without Jarrett Stoll and there is no word when he is expected to return.
Richards will report to Manchester (AHL) on Wednesday.
Richards, who cleared waivers this afternoon, will be sent to Manchester tomorrow. The $5.725M centre will give the Kings $925K of cap-relief by reporting to the minors. He had 15 points (7G / 8A) in 14 AHL playoff games back in 2004-05, his only AHL action of his career.
Mike Richards has cleared waivers; eligible to be assigned to Manchester (AHL).
Richards has never played an AHL game, but could be headed there now. If he is assigned to Manchester the Kings will get $925K of cap-relief, meaning Richards would represent $4.825M of dead cap space. The Kings will continue to explore trade options.
Richards, 29, has fallen a long way since being drafted 24th overall in 2003. He has a career-high of 80 points in 2008-09, but has registered just five goals and 10 assists (15 points) in 47 games this season. The Kings have reportedly tried trading Richards as of late, but the last trade fell through last night. If someone elects to claim him, he comes with a $5.75 million US cap-hit.
Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter said "it's possible" center Mike Richards will play in Game 5.
"I'd say it's 50/50," Sutter said of Richards' chances of playing. Richards has missed the past three games with a concussion. He took rushes on the fourth line between Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford during the morning skate Saturday. He declined a request to be interviewed in the dressing room afterward.
Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards did not take part in the team's morning skate at Staples Center on Thursday, and coach Darryl Sutter said he will not play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks
Richards, who will miss his third straight game with a concussion, skated with the Kings' scratches on Wednesday. Sutter did not want to discuss Richards' health when asked for an update on how he felt after skating Wednesday. "The protocol is very clear," Sutter said. "You've covered enough concussions, surely, you know the protocol."
Mike Richards is not on the ice for the morning skate.
Richards missed Game 2 because of what the Kings are calling an upper-body injury. The fact that he didn't skate this morning would suggest that Richards won't play tonight. Consider him questionable for tonight's Game 3 in LA.
Richards took a hit to the head late in Game 1 that may affect his Game 2 status. The Kings didn’t hold a morning skate, Darryl Sutter wasn’t available to the media this morning so Richard's status is unknown. No disciplinary action was taken on the hit.