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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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The Los Angeles Kings have officially sent Mike Richards to AHL Manchester.
That was anticipated after Richards cleared waivers. There was a time when Richards could average around a point per game, but he's declined severely over the last few years. Even before he was put on waivers, he didn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues. That being said, he's still just 29 years old, so he might be able to turn his career around. Jan 27 - 5:10 PM

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Mike Richards went unclaimed on waivers.

No real surprise there. Richards might intrigue some teams, but not to the point where they're willing to take on his $5.75 million annual cap hit through 2019-20. He'll get a chance to find his game in the minors. We wouldn't dismiss the possibility of him bouncing back.
Jan 27 - 12:25 PM

Los Angeles has placed Mike Richards on waivers.

According to reports, the Kings had been trying to move Richards, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts. He has $5.75 million cap hit until 2019-2020 season and he's earning $7 million this year.
Jan 26 - 12:43 PM

According to reports, Los Angeles is rumored to have contacted the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs last week to gauge interest in acquiring Mike Richards.

However, his cap hit of $5.75 million and cash cost of $7.6 million will be tough for any team to swallow. Richards still has four more years on his deal after this season. The 29-year-old center has five goals and 14 points in 43 games this year.
Jan 13 - 8:33 AM

Mike Richards was not a healthy scratch Saturday.

There was some speculation that he would be after he didn’t practice on any line Friday. Tyler Toffoli’s illness probably helped his cause to remain in the lineup against the Jets. Richards has 14 points in 41 games this season.
Jan 10 - 10:37 PM

Mike Richards might be a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Richards didn't practice on any of the Kings' top four lines on Friday. "That's not fun. It’s no good," Richards said. "I still obviously think I can play a lot more minutes, but at the same time, you play what you’re put in the position of. I'm not going to cause a scene or do anything to kind of take the focus away from everything, and [I'm] just going to come to the rink every day and play hockey." Richards only logged 9:07 minutes on Thursday and has averaged 13:48 minutes in 2014-15.
Jan 9 - 6:15 PM

Mike Richards recorded an assist in a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Richards has four goals and 13 points in 39 games this season. There was a time when Richards was capable of recording around 30 goals and over 60 points in a season, but we wouldn't count on him ever getting back to that level.
Jan 2 - 9:19 AM

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.
Source: LAKings.com
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:18:00 AM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:03:00 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.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 09:05:00 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.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 06:24:00 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.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 09:36:00 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.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 07:36:00 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.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 09:42:00 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.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 08:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

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