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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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Earlier today, LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi lamented that there is a "possibility" that Mike Richards could be bought-out this summer.
However that doesn't appear to be his preferred option. After all, Richards carries a $5.75M cap hit through 2019-20. "Because they care so much and their loyalty to each other, we can fix this and become stronger," Lombardi continued. There's no easy answer for the Kings with Richards, but we'll keep you posted on the latest news. Apr 12 - 6:45 PM

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Mike Richards had an assist in the Kings' 3-1 loss on Thursday.

It was Richards' first point since his stint in the minors. He's had a dreadful campaign and it's not clear what the future holds for him. The ideal for the Kings would be to trade him over the summer, but his $5.75 million annual cap hit will make him extremely difficult to move. On top of that, there's no guarantee that he will make the Los Angeles Kings' 2015-16 opening game roster.
Apr 10 - 10:19 AM

Mike Richards will play in Thursday's game against Calgary.

Richards has been a healthy scratch for the last four games but he returns for a crucial matchup against the Flames. He has five goals and 15 points in 52 games this season. This is a must-win game for Los Angeles.
Apr 9 - 8:57 PM

Mike Richards, Andy Andreoff, and Jamie McBain will each be scratched against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

This will be Richards' fourth straight game in the stands since being recalled, and he hasn't contributed to the score sheet in any significant way. McBain meanwhile has not played since Feb. 26th, and Andreoff has seen just eight games since the turn of the calendar.
Apr 7 - 8:28 PM

Mike Richards will be a healthy scratch for a third consecutive game on Monday.

Just like Saturday, Jamie McBain and Andy Andreoff will join him in the press box. Richards has played in five games with the Kings since he returned to the big club from the minors.
Apr 6 - 6:42 PM

Mike Richards, Andy Andreoff, and Jamie McBain will each be scratched against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Of the three, only Richards may provide some fantasy value. Though that hasn't been the case during his first five games back from the AHL, hitting the score sheet for just a single hit thus far. Overall, Richards has produced five goals, 15 points, 39 PIMs, and 62 hits over 52 games this season.
Apr 4 - 7:58 PM

Mike Richards was a healthy scratch on Thursday.

It was Richards' first game in the press box, although he's obviously gone through worse this season as he had previously been demoted. There was some hope that his success in the AHL would be the start of a comeback for Richards, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
Apr 3 - 10:52 AM

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

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

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
D1Drew Doughty
2Jake Muzzin
3Jamie McBain
4Andrej Sekera
5Matt Greene
6Alec Martinez
7Brayden McNabb
8Slava Voynov
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones