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Mike Richards | Center | #10

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 196
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (24) / PHI
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Mike Richards can become an unrestricted free agent and he isn't likely to be back with the Capitals next year.
Washington GM Brian MacLellan wants to create a more offensive third line and Richards recorded just two goals and five points in 51 games, including the playoffs. Marcus Johansson could be an option to replace Richards down the middle, but MacLellan would prefer that he play on the wing. May 17 - 11:23 AM

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Mike Richards (illness) is still expected to play on Saturday.

Richards missed Friday's morning skate due to the disease though. He has no points in 10 postseason games.
May 6 - 1:53 PM

Mike Richards missed Friday's morning skate because he's under the weather.

The Capitals don't play until Saturday, so there's still a chance that Richards will be available for that game. He has no points and four penalty minutes in 10 playoff contests.
May 6 - 11:12 AM

Mike Richards moved up to the third line in Tuesday's practice.

Jay Beagle served as the fourth line center instead. Richards has just two goals and five points in 39 contests this season, but he has traditionally stepped up in the playoffs. That combined with his increased role could make him a decent value pick in playoff drafts.
Apr 12 - 6:35 PM

Mike Richards had an assist in the Capitals' 4-1 victory over Columbus on Monday.

Richards has two goals and four points in 32 contests this season. Although he's still just 31 years old, his days of being a major offensive contributor seem to be long behind him. He's contributing with Washington in other ways though as Capitals coach Barry Trotz has been happy with his defensive work.
Mar 29 - 9:37 AM

Mike Richards is making a quiet impact for the Capitals as he has been very strong on faceoffs on the penalty kill.

RIchards may just have two goals in 29 games for the Capitals this season, but what impressing coach Barry Trotz the most is his defense and ability to be strong in the faceoff circle, especially while penalty killing. "That’s one of the reasons we got Mike, for crucial situations, defending leads, and he’s done that," Trotz said Tuesday night after the Capitals 4-2 victory in Ottawa. "That’s what he does. I thought the Richie and (Tom) Wilson and (Daniel) Winnik line was pretty solid tonight."
Mar 24 - 9:56 AM

Mike Richards got his first point with the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

He scored the game-winning goal against Arizona after going pointless in his first 14 games with the Capitals. Richards centered the third line in Marcus Johansson's place on Monday.
Feb 23 - 5:37 PM

Mike Richards (undisclosed) looks like he'll suit up in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

He's taking part in line rushes on Washington's fourth line with Brooks Laich and Michael Latta. The 31-year-old has no points in nine games since joining the Capitals. He has no fantasy value going forward.
Feb 11 - 7:54 PM

Mike Richards (undisclosed) is questionable for Thursday's game.

Richards was on the ice Thursday morning after missing Wednesday's practice. He has no points in nine games.
Feb 11 - 1:07 PM

Mike Richards took a maintenance day on Wednesday, but his status for Thursday's game is unclear at this time.

"We'll see where he is tomorrow," coach Barry Trotz said. "I can't really answer that right now." Brooks Laich centered the fourth line at practice between Stanislav Galiev and Michael Latta in Richards' place.
Feb 10 - 6:26 PM

Mike Richards will center the third line on Tuesday.

Marcus Johansson is out with an upper-body injury, so Richards will play between Jason Chimera and Tom Wilson and call-up Zach Sill will play on he fourth unit.
Feb 2 - 3:57 PM

Mike Richards said he will be available Sunday if needed.

Richards played his first game of the season on Saturday and says he is ready to go if coach Barry Trotz wants him back in the lineup."If they need me, I’ll be ready," Richards said. "I’m here. I’m part of the team, and if they need me, I’ll play." He played 13:01 Saturday and had a shot on goal and a hit.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Mike Richards made his debut with the Capitals on Saturday night against the Sabres.

Coach Barry Trotz thought Richards was "really good" in the Capitals’ 4-1 loss. "When a guy who hasn’t played for eight or nine months comes in and is one of your better players, that doesn’t say much about us, or we’re saying a lot about Mike," Trotz said. Richards had a hit and a shot on goal in 13:01. It's unlikely he'll have much fantasy value the rest of the season.
Jan 17 - 12:13 AM

Mike Richards will make his Washington Capitals debut on Saturday.

Richards had his contract terminated by the Los Angeles Kings during the off-season, and it took some time for him to latch on with another team. He centered the Caps fourth line with Zach Sill and Michael Latta during the morning skate. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value going forward.
Jan 16 - 1:57 PM

Coach Barry Trotz said that Mike Richards could see action this weekend.

Trotz will start Richards on the fourth line and he will see from there. "I may have to say, ‘Go into one and see where it’s at,’" Trotz said. "He’s going to start on the fourth line, which is natural, and we’ll try to increase his minutes. But if his minutes aren’t too high to start, I wouldn’t be too hesitant (to play Richards on Sunday). I want him to succeed and I know he’s going to be a good fit for us." Richards has not played in an NHL game in over nine months so there should be rust in his game. He is not worth picking up in any league at this time.
Jan 16 - 10:19 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Marcus Johansson
4Mike Richards
5Michael Latta
6Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Andre Burakovsky
3Jason Chimera
4Daniel Winnik
5Zach Sill
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
8Mike Weber
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Dan Ellis