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Mike Richards | Center

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 196
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 17 - 5:47 PM

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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.
Oct 16 - 9:12 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.
Oct 13 - 3:31 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.
Oct 12 - 9:14 AM

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says that the Los Angeles Kings did not circumvent the salary cap while terminating Mike Richards' contract.

That won't really stop anyone from claiming as much, as plenty of people in the hockey world view it as "fishy." It doesn't really matter on the ice, really, as the Kings can now move on.
Source: ESPN
Oct 10 - 6:03 PM

Per the terms of the Los Angeles Kings' settlement with Mike Richards, the forward will reportedly receive payments through 2031.

One of the reasons why that's important is because the Kings' payments to Richards will count against their cap, which means that Los Angeles could be dealing with a penalty against it for the next 16 years. The exact size of the settlement for terminating Richards' contract isn't known yet, but whatever it is, it will be in addition to the $1.32 million annually the Kings will be charged through the 2019-20 campaign per their cap recapture penalty.
Oct 9 - 5:48 PM

The Los Angeles Kings and Mike Richards have officially reached a settlement, ending the NHLPA's grievance.

Los Angeles terminated Mike Richards' contract because of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract." Richards is facing charges for possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. The terms of the settlement are not known, but it will count against the Kings' cap. Additionally, Richards will cost the Kings $1.32 million annually for the next five seasons because of the recapture penalty.
Oct 9 - 4:52 PM

Mike Richards and the Los Angeles Kings are expected to announce a settlement agreement on Friday.

Los Angeles terminated Richards' contract, which eventually led to the NHLPA filing a grievance on his behalf. Meanwhile, Richards is facing charges for possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. Including this campaign, Richards still had five seasons left on his 12-year, $69 million deal. There is expected to be a cap hit to the Kings as a result of this settlement, but it is reportedly cheaper than a buyout would have been.
Oct 9 - 4:20 PM

Mike Richards has had his court case pushed back to December 8th.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and had his contract terminated by the Los Angeles Kings earlier this summer. The NHLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Richards, but there still hasn't been any news regarding a hearing.
Sep 11 - 7:06 PM

Mike Richards has been charged for possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada, according to RCMP Manitoba's Twitter account.

He will appear in court on September 10th. Richards had his contract terminated by Los Angeles because of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract" before the start of free agency. The NHLPA has filed a grievance on Richards' behalf, but a hearing date hasn't been set yet.
Aug 27 - 10:29 AM

The NHLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Mike Richards.

The Players' Association is contesting the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings. They have requested an expedited hearing for Richards. The Kings terminated his deal because of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract" just prior to the start of free agency.
Aug 10 - 12:18 PM

It's still not clear how Mike Richards' situation with the Los Angeles Kings will play out, but we should know much more by the end of August.

That's because the NHLPA has an Aug. 29 deadline if they want to file grievances over the Kings' decision to terminate Richards' contract for a "material breach." It also remains to be seen if Richards will face charges for an alleged US-Canadian border incident involving the prescription drug oxycodone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that there is an active investigation, but if there are any charges laid at all, they might not be made before the NHLPA's deadline.
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM

Mike Richards is officially listed as an unrestricted free agent.

Just an FYI because he originally wasn't on the list for whatever reason. His contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings for a "material breach."
Jul 1 - 12:24 PM

Mike Richards isn't listed as a free agent on the NHL's official list.

It's hard to read too much into that, but it's certainly interesting. The Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract for a "material breach" and while it wouldn't be surprising if the NHLPA challenges that action, it hasn't yet. Meanwhile, Richards is reportedly being investigated over an incident on the US-Canadian border involving oxycodone.
Jul 1 - 11:56 AM

According to a report by TMZ, Mike Richards was found with the prescription drug oxycodone by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the US-Canadian border.

Thus could be the "material breach" LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi referenced when the story originally broke. Neither the police, the Kings, nor the Players Association have commented further but it appears that this ordeal may be about to get messy. Richards, mind you, has not yet been charged with a crime.
Source: TMZ
Jun 30 - 8:52 PM

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