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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 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

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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.
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

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the Kings aren't planning to use a buyout on Mike Richards, but that doesn't mean that he's guaranteed to be on the roster next year.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that he doesn't want to be a fourth-line center next season and the Kings don't want to be faced with the proposition of trying to replace him. Dreger reports: "The Kings are expected to push Richards in the off-season to improve his conditions and get a little bit stronger. But we also know that Richards is a strong and confident young man and he may not want to follow the path that the Kings want him to follow. So this could get very interesting."
Jun 12 - 3:53 PM

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press believes the Jets should target Mike Richards if he becomes available.

There's been plenty of speculation that the Kings might buy out Richards this off-season and if they do then the two-way center is sure to attract plenty of interest. An unnamed NHL GM had this to say about Richards on Tuesday: "He still has that predator mentality. Maybe he can't cover 200 feet like he once could, but he's still a very good third-line center. He can still nullify good players. He can kill penalties and win draws. He adds strength and depth down the middle. At the right price, Richards is still a good piece. L.A. has a decision to make. I know the coaching staff won't be happy to see him leave if that's the way they decide to go."
Jun 12 - 10:18 AM

Mike Richards found the back of the net in the Kings' 3-0 victory Monday night.

Richards now has three goals and 10 points in 24 playoff contests. He got off to a slow start offensively in the postseason, but he has been held off the scoresheet in just two of the Kings' last six games.
Jun 10 - 9:53 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
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
9Andrew Bodnarchuk
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones