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Mike Richards | Center

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

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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.
Source: TSN.ca
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

A source told ESPN.com that Mike Richards is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident.

A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba said that no charges have been brought so far, but mentioned that the Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation. Richards had his contract terminated by the Kings on Monday for "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract." Several sources told ESPN.com that the Kings were made aware of the investigation on Friday, which halted trade talks for the center at the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 12:52 PM

Los Angeles has terminated Mike Richards' contract.

"The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract," said the team in a statement. "We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time." It's being widely speculated that there will be a battle between the NHL, Los Angeles, the NHLPA and Newport over Richards' deal. His contract is off the books for the Kings for now, but it will likely be subject to a grievance.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 3:49 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have placed center Mike Richards on waivers.

Once Richards clears, the Kings will then buy him out. It will be an expensive buyout as Richards will make $14.67 million over the next 10 years. Even though his play has been declining for a while now, the 30-year-old should drum up some interest on the free-agent market because his cap hit will be more affordable. Richards had five goals and 16 points in 53 games with Los Angeles in 2014-15.
Jun 28 - 12:17 PM

Los Angeles Kings Insider Jon Rosen doesn't expect Mike Richards to be back with the team next season.

Richards' contract is going to be nearly impossible to trade away, but Rosen said he expects the club to buy him out if they can't send Richards elsewhere. If the Kings do chose to buy him out, he would count against their salary cap until 2024-25. Los Angeles is in desperate need of cap space, and Richards' declining play on the ice will probably force them to make this expensive move.
Jun 21 - 11:51 AM

Los Angeles is still reportedly looking to trade Mike Richards and they have spoken to some teams.

Richards has five more years on his contract at a $5.75 million cap hit, so the Kings will be expected to add a pick, a player or a prospect to help move the deal along. They may also have to eat some salary.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 6:21 PM

Earlier today, LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi lamented that there is a "possibility" that Mike Richards could be bought-out this summer.

However that doesn't appear to be his preferred option. After all, Richards carries a $5.75M cap hit through 2019-20. "Because they care so much and their loyalty to each other, we can fix this and become stronger," Lombardi continued. There's no easy answer for the Kings with Richards, but we'll keep you posted on the latest news.
Apr 12 - 6:45 PM

Mike Richards had an assist in the Kings' 3-1 loss on Thursday.

It was Richards' first point since his stint in the minors. He's had a dreadful campaign and it's not clear what the future holds for him. The ideal for the Kings would be to trade him over the summer, but his $5.75 million annual cap hit will make him extremely difficult to move. On top of that, there's no guarantee that he will make the Los Angeles Kings' 2015-16 opening game roster.
Apr 10 - 10:19 AM

Mike Richards will play in Thursday's game against Calgary.

Richards has been a healthy scratch for the last four games but he returns for a crucial matchup against the Flames. He has five goals and 15 points in 52 games this season. This is a must-win game for Los Angeles.
Apr 9 - 8:57 PM

Mike Richards, Andy Andreoff, and Jamie McBain will each be scratched against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

This will be Richards' fourth straight game in the stands since being recalled, and he hasn't contributed to the score sheet in any significant way. McBain meanwhile has not played since Feb. 26th, and Andreoff has seen just eight games since the turn of the calendar.
Apr 7 - 8:28 PM

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