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Mike Richards | Center | #10

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 196
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (24) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Richards will center the third line on Tuesday.
Marcus Johansson is out with an upper-body injury, so Richards will play between Jason Chimera and Tom Wilson and call-up Zach Sill will play on he fourth unit. Feb 2 - 3:57 PM

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Mike Richards said he will be available Sunday if needed.

Richards played his first game of the season on Saturday and says he is ready to go if coach Barry Trotz wants him back in the lineup."If they need me, I’ll be ready," Richards said. "I’m here. I’m part of the team, and if they need me, I’ll play." He played 13:01 Saturday and had a shot on goal and a hit.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Mike Richards made his debut with the Capitals on Saturday night against the Sabres.

Coach Barry Trotz thought Richards was "really good" in the Capitals’ 4-1 loss. "When a guy who hasn’t played for eight or nine months comes in and is one of your better players, that doesn’t say much about us, or we’re saying a lot about Mike," Trotz said. Richards had a hit and a shot on goal in 13:01. It's unlikely he'll have much fantasy value the rest of the season.
Jan 17 - 12:13 AM

Mike Richards will make his Washington Capitals debut on Saturday.

Richards had his contract terminated by the Los Angeles Kings during the off-season, and it took some time for him to latch on with another team. He centered the Caps fourth line with Zach Sill and Michael Latta during the morning skate. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value going forward.
Jan 16 - 1:57 PM

Coach Barry Trotz said that Mike Richards could see action this weekend.

Trotz will start Richards on the fourth line and he will see from there. "I may have to say, ‘Go into one and see where it’s at,’" Trotz said. "He’s going to start on the fourth line, which is natural, and we’ll try to increase his minutes. But if his minutes aren’t too high to start, I wouldn’t be too hesitant (to play Richards on Sunday). I want him to succeed and I know he’s going to be a good fit for us." Richards has not played in an NHL game in over nine months so there should be rust in his game. He is not worth picking up in any league at this time.
Jan 16 - 10:19 AM

Mike Richards won't be in the lineup Thursday night against Vancouver.

Coach Barry Trotz wants to get Richards into the lineup before All-Star break. The Capitals haven't given much thought to sending him to the minors for a conditioning stint, but that could still be a possibility.
Jan 12 - 12:50 PM

Mike Richards will be scratched against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

This isn't surprising as Coach Barry Trotz wants to get Richards into a few practices before playing in any games. Assuming all goes well, Richards may enter the lineup before by third week of the month.
Jan 10 - 5:15 PM

Even though Marcus Johansson has been suspended for this weekend's pair of games, Mike Richards won't play until he gets in some practices with Washington.

Which is only logical as no one has seen Richards play in about nine months. It's difficult to say how his time with the Capitals will play out, but the least likely event is that he'll be a steady contributor of scoring depth. Look for him to start out in a grinding roll and compile such stats, if even that much.
Jan 8 - 8:45 PM

Mike Richards is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Islanders.

No surprise here. Richards hasn't played in an NHL game since last season, so it's only normal that he'll need a few days on the ice to get into game shape. Ryan Stanton will join him in the press box.
Jan 7 - 7:05 PM

Mike Richards has inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

Richards' contract with the Los Angeles Kings was terminated following an incident where he was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. That aside, Richards' career had been on the decline for years, although there was certainly a time when he was a big part of the Kings' success. Perhaps he'll turn his career around now that he's been given a fresh start.
Jan 6 - 5:15 PM

San Jose is reportedly "eyeing" unrestricted free agent Mike Richards, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Richards played for Sharks' coaches Pete DeBoer and Steve Spott in the OHL with Kitchener. "I've always been a fan, but also he's a guy that I've tried to stay in contact with over the years," DeBoer said Tuesday. "I've always followed his career. Glad to see that he's back and training and might come back, but beyond that, no other relationship." DeBoer believes that Richards could still be an effective player in the NHL when he gets another chance.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 05:04:00 PM

Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher denied a report that he offered a professional tryout to UFA Mike Richards.

There were rumors that one NHL team sent him a tryout, but that apparently wasn't Minnesota. Richards has been skating with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 05:47:00 PM

The Los Angeles Kings' cap hit from the Mike Richards' settlement is $10.5 million spread out through 2031-32.

It's frontloaded, so the cost to the Kings this season is $3.12 million and it will gradually fall to $400,000 in 2031-32. Richards had $22 million remaining on his contract when he was terminated by Los Angeles. With Richards' settlement factored in, Los Angeles is left about $2 million under the cap for the 2015-16 campaign.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Mike Richards still hopes to play in the NHL.

Richards is a free agent after his contract with Los Angeles was terminated and the NHLPA's grievance on his behalf has been settled. If a team does take a chance on him, it will likely involve him being offered a two-way deal with the understanding that he will need to prove himself in the AHL before potentially being summoned.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Kings GM Dean Lombardi seems to have taken the entire Mike Richards' saga very personally.

Richards' contract was terminated by Los Angeles and he faces charges for possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. "Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career," Lombardi said. "At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now-and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true." It's worth noting that even after Richards declined substantially, Lombardi resisted the opportunity to use a compliance buyout on the forward in 2014, in part because he liked what he heard from Richards during that year's exit meeting.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 09:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Mike Richards
6Michael Latta
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer