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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 will return to the Kings lineup Monday night after being recalled earlier in the day.
The veteran forward has been in the minors since January 27th and played 16 games with Manchester in the AHL. The Kings are looking for a spark for the final few weeks of the season and will see if Richards is the answer. He had scored just five goals and 15 points in 47 games with the Kings prior to his demotion and is expected to center the third line between Kyle Clifford and Justin Williams. Mar 23 - 5:05 PM

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The Los Angeles Kings have recalled Mike Richards from the AHL.

The Kings assigned Richards to Manchester in late January and he has been there ever since. The 30-year-old had just five goals and 15 points in 47 games prior to going to the minors.
Mar 22 - 12:41 PM

Mike Richards might rejoin the Kings for Monday's game against New Jersey.

Richards had just five goals and 15 points in 47 contests before he was sent to the minors by Los Angeles. However, he's excelled in the AHL with three goals and 14 points in 16 contests. Keep an eye on him as he's capable of finishing this rough campaign on a high note.
Mar 22 - 9:45 AM

The Los Angeles Kings might summon Mike Richards in the not too distant future.

Richards struggled mightily with the Kings this season, but some time in the minors might have done him some good. If nothing else he's excelled at that level with three goals and 14 points in 16 games. "We're running him through some tests right now," Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said of Richards. "I mean, the one thing about Michael everybody knows, when there's big games or critical moments, he's always there. And we just gotta get him up to that capacity to be able to do that... But there's very much a possibility he'll be back."
Mar 13 - 11:39 AM

Mike Richards continues to play well in the AHL as he had two assists Saturday.

Richards now has two goals and eight points in six games since being demoted from the Kings. He could get a call-up, especially if the Kings run into any injury problems. Richards had five goals and 14 points in 43 games for the Kings before they placed him on waivers January 26.
Feb 15 - 7:31 AM

Mike Richards scored once to lead Manchester to a 4-2 win on Friday.

Richards was sent to the minors a couple of weeks ago when he passed through waivers. The 29-year-old has two goals and six points in five games since his demotion after scoring five times and adding nine assists in 43 games for the Kings this season.
Feb 14 - 8:55 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis will be in Manchester, NH on Friday night, which has led to plenty of speculation that he's scouting Mike Richards.

While Nonis could certainly be looking at anyone on the Monarchs and/or Portland Pirates, indications seem clear that he's interested in possibly acquiring the 29-year-old, two-time Cup Champion. He'll ding the cap at $5.75 million through the end of the decade.
Jan 30 - 7:35 PM

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

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.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Anze Kopitar
2Mike Richards
3Jarret Stoll
4Jordan Nolan
5Andy 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
4Andrej Sekera
5Robyn Regehr
6Matt Greene
7Alec Martinez
8Brayden McNabb
9Slava Voynov
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones