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Mike Richards | Center

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 196
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Mike Richards will center Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson on Sunday.
The Kings play the Maple Leafs in Toronto Sunday and the three Ontario kids will play on the second unit. Richards has only four goals and 12 points in 30 games as coach Darryl Sutter is looking to provide more scoring with his latest shakeup. Dec 14 - 7:18 AM
Source: LAKings.com

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Mike Richards was criticized by coach Darryl Sutter from his defensive shortcomings in the Kings' 1-0 loss to Buffalo Tuesday night.

Richards was on the ice when the Sabres scored their lone goal. "It's a bad play by Mike Richards," Sutter said. "You can't drop off. It's a set play for us. You can't drop off in the corner unless we have full control. You've got to cover the middle of the ice." Richards only ended up logging 11:28 minutes of ice time in that contest. He's been averaging just 14:35 minutes per game, making it increasingly difficult to justify holding onto him in standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 9:03 AM

Mike Richards scored a goal in the Kings' 4-0 victory on Wednesday.

Richards has recorded a point in three of his last four games. Despite that, he hasn't been impressive offensively this season as he only has four goals and 10 points in 23 contests.
Nov 27 - 9:05 AM

Mike Richards is projected to play between Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik again on Wednesday.

Anze Kopitar is slated to be flanked by Carter's old linemates, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. Richards has three goals and nine points in 22 games this campaign.
Nov 26 - 6:24 PM

Mike Richards had an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss on Thursday.

Richards is on a four-game point streak after getting off to a quiet start this season. He now has two goals and seven points in 14 games.
Nov 7 - 9:36 AM

Mike Richards scored a goal in Los Angeles’ 3-2 loss to Carolina on Sunday.

It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Richards, as he now has two goals and five points in 12 games this season. The 29-year-old’s point-per-game totals have been on the decline for the last two years, and that trend looks like it will continue this season. Richards is still a useful player, but he is no longer the player he once was. The Kings have now lost three straight games.
Nov 2 - 7:36 PM

Mike Richards and the rest of his Kings teammates were shut out by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in a 3-0 loss.

RIchards did however collect two minor penalties to make up for his scoreless game. The 29-year-old has been posting a lot of those lately, with just three points through 10 games so far.
Oct 30 - 9:42 PM

Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia.

It was also Richards' first career goal against his former team. He now has three points in nine games this season.
Oct 29 - 8:40 AM

Mike Richards accumulated 19 penalty minutes in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Minnesota.

Richards took exception to Christian Folin's hard hit on Anze Kopitar, so Richards went out of his way to fight with Folin. Richards ended up with two for instigating, five for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct. After he returned, he picked up another two minutes for high sticking. Richards used to get around a penalty minute per game, but he only had 28 penalty minutes in all of the 2013-14 campaign. Perhaps last season's numbers will prove to be the exception rather than the rule as far as time in the sin bin goes.
Oct 20 - 8:28 AM

Mike Richards will serve as a left winger on the Kings' top line on Tuesday.

Richards is filling in for Marian Gaborik, who is out with an upper-body injury. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams will round out the unit.
Oct 14 - 3:24 PM

Mike Richards scored twice for the Kings, but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to Arizona in their preseason opener.

Richards has become a forgotten man in Los Angeles but is trying to show he still has something left to contribute to the team that reportedly considered buying out his contract over the summer. Noc Dowd and Tanner Pearson also tallied for the Kings in the losing effort while goaltending duties were shared evenly by Jean-Francois Berube and Patrik Bartosak.
Sep 23 - 3:21 AM

Mike Richards was "a little bit" worried the Kings would buy out his contract this offseason.

Richards had 41 points last season, and six more seasons left on a deal that carries a $5.75 million cap hit. "A little bit," Richards said. "I like it here, my family likes it here, my girlfriend likes it here, and I want to be here. Obviously, on the ice speaks for itself with the team that we have. You know, just everything about it, I wanted to be here. Whether I thought [a buyout] would happen or not, I don’t know if I ever did; but there’s always that possibility that makes you nervous." It wouldn’t be a shock to see Richards return to the 20-goal mark and reach at least 50 points next season.
Sep 20 - 7:52 PM

It sounds like Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards worked hard during the offseason, possibly in part to silence those who believe he should have been bought out.

"Obviously winning cures all, and you’re happy about winning, but I don’t picture myself as a fourth-line player," Richards told ESPN. The once-proud two-way forward is at least worth monitoring in leagues if he does find his old form once again, but for now take a wait-and-see approach.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 2:09 PM

Mike Richards' ability to perform in the clutch is one of the reasons they decided to pass on the opportunity to use a compliance buyout on him.

"No question," said Kings GM Dean Lombardi. "That's what you'd rather have, if you have a choice you'll always take the playoff big-game player over the regular-season guy. But you still need to get both particularly when you have a financial commitment under the cap; you can't just write it off." Lombardi also took into account that Richards played a key role in them winning the Cup in 2011 and liked what he heard from Richards during his exit meeting. Richards is coming off a down season where he recorded just 41 points in 82 games. He comes with a $5.75 million cap hit annually through 2019-20.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 12:37 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have confirmed that they won't buy out Mike Richards.

Richards' role has diminished to the point where his $5.75 million cap hit through 2019-20 looks bad, but we can understand why the Kings wouldn't want to rock the boat after winning the Stanley Cup in two of the last three years. He had 11 goals and 41 points in 82 games during the 2013-14 regular season.
Jun 20 - 3:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Anze Kopitar
2Mike Richards
3Jarret Stoll
4Jordan Nolan
5Andy Andreoff
LW1Marian Gaborik
2Dwight King
3Trevor Lewis
4Kyle Clifford
5Tanner Pearson
RW1Dustin Brown
2Jeff Carter
3Justin Williams
4Tyler Toffoli
D1Drew Doughty
2Slava Voynov
3Jamie McBain
4Jake Muzzin
5Robyn Regehr
6Matt Greene
7Alec Martinez
8Brayden McNabb
9Jeff Schultz
10Andrew Bodnarchuk
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones