Mike Richards RUMORS & NEWS

  • Drug charges stayed against Washington Capitals' Mike Richards

    CBC Sports "The drug charges that have shadowed NHLer Mike Richards since June 2015 have been stayed. The judge stayed the proceedings on Wednesday in a Manitoba court, which means the prosecution has been discontinued. Unlike charges that have been withdrawn completely, stayed charges can be brought back..." February 24

  • Mike Richards accepts responsibility for breakup with Kings

    The Score "Mike Richards was supposed to be the Los Angeles Kings' Derek Jeter and represent the pivotal piece to winning championships. He won two Stanley Cups, yet was shown the door last summer. Richards hit two highs and many more lows in four seasons with the Kings, who terminated his contract last..." February 15

  • Richards’ possession trial adjourned to late February

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Richards’ legal battle will go on longer than expected. Richards, who signed with the Caps earlier this month and has appeared in three games, had his trial for possession of a controlled substance adjourned to Feb. 25 — after it had already been adjourned to Jan. 28." January 27

  • Trotz: Richards may be ready for Caps' debut

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "From the sights and sounds of the Capitals’ optional practice on Friday, center Mike Richards is close to making his long-awaited and much-debated debut with the Caps. Richards skated for the eighth straight day on Friday at Kettler and said he’s starting to feel like an NHL player..." January 16

  • Mike Richards progressing in practice, but won’t play Thursday

    Washington Post "A hectic week leading up to officially joining the Washington Capitals had kept Mike Richards off the ice for the four days before his first practice with the team in New York on Friday. Coach Barry Trotz said that wasn’t a challenging practice, but Richards had “work to do” to get up to speed..." January 13

  • Richards ready to write new chapter of hockey life

    TSN "The last time we saw Mike Richards he wasn’t much of a hockey player. He was diminished, physically and mentally. He knows it and admits it. Will he be different now? Even he isn’t entirely sure. Richards signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Washington Capitals this week and on..." January 07

  • Sharks 'eyeing' former Kings center Richards

    CSN Bay Area "Former Los Angeles Kings center and unrestricted free agent Mike Richards could be drawing interest from San Jose, according to report. On Tuesday, Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman wrote that the Sharks are “eyeing” Richards, who played junior hockey for Pete DeBoer and Steve Spott at..." December 29

  • Mike Richards' hearing put over until January

    Global News "The drug case against NHL’er Mike Richards will be pushed back for a second time. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in an Emerson, Manitoba provincial courthouse. David Humphrey, the lawyer representing the 30-year-old Kenora born, told Global News the matter will go over to a date in January..." December 08

  • Mike Richards skating with former junior team; comeback in store?

    SI "Could Mike Richards be on the verge of a return to the NHL? The free-agent center has been skating with his former junior team, the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, presumably to work himself into shape for a comeback. Neither Richards nor his agent, Pat Morris, was available..." November 12

  • Salary cap ramifications of Mike Richards settlement

    Sportsnet "Sometime this week, teams were informed of the breakdown for the Mike Richards settlement with the Los Angeles Kings. The total payout is $10.5 million through the 2031-32 season, not 2030-31 as I originally reported. It is not evenly spread out over that time. The Kings chose to take the..." October 16

  • Report: Kings, Mike Richards reach settlement in contract dispute

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings have reached a settlement with forward Mike Richards in the ongoing dispute over the termination of his contract, TSN's Rick Westhead reports. The settlement is likely to be made official Friday." October 09

  • Kings, Richards working on settlement

    TSN "No one - not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a negotiated settlement over their differences. It sounds like talks are far enough along..." October 07

  • Cases of former Kings Jarret Stoll and Mike Richards put spotlight on NHL drug policy

    Chicago Tribune "For NHL enforcer Brian McGrattan, rock bottom wasn't turning into a shell of a person, ravaged by drug and alcohol use, locking himself in a dark room for two days and turning off his cellphone to shut out the world. Nor was it the final "four-day bender," closing in on seven years ago, events..." September 29

  • Mike Richards' court case remanded to December

    NHL.com "The court case involving former Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards was continued until Dec. 8, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Richards, 30, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. His first court date was Thursday, but it was remanded. Richards,..." September 10

  • Richards charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance

    TSN "Former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards has been charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, the RCMP announced Thursday morning. Richards was charged on Aug. 25, two sources told TSN. He has not yet entered a plea. Richards has a court hearing on Sept. 10. Richards was..." August 27

  • Richards, NHLPA seem to have a good case against the Kings

    Pro Hockey Talk "From the viewpoint of at least one legal expert, it sounds like the NHLPA may have some success with its grievance filed against the Los Angeles Kings for terminating Mike Richards’ contract. To remind you of the situation, the Kings seemed primed to buy out Richards, yet they instead..." August 14

  • Ex-King Richards remains in limbo

    TSN "One month after the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, no charges have been laid and the NHL Players’ Association has yet to make a decision on whether to file a grievance on the matter. Sgt. Bert Paquet, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in..." August 01

  • Report: Mike Richards Stopped At Canadian Border With Oxycodone

    Deadspin "According to TMZ, former Kings center Mike Richards was stopped at the Canadian border two weeks ago and “questioned about oxycodone pills,” but has not been charged with any crime. (Update: According to the Winnipeg Sun, Richards was arrested at the border.) Rumors and allegations of substance..." July 01

  • Canadian police investigation involves Mike Richards

    ESPN Los Angeles "Mike Richards, whose contract has been terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba told ESPN that, as of Tuesday, no charges have..." June 30

  • Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi isn’t shy about making some big gambles, but the franchise still raised some eyebrows regarding Mike Richards‘ contract. Instead of announcing a buyout as expected, the team terminated his contract, as this statement reveals: “The Los Angeles Kings today..." June 29

  • Mike Richards, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Mark Fistric on waivers

    ESPN "As the first buyout window closes in the NHL offseason, three more players were put on unconditional waivers Sunday for purpose of buying them out, including two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau of the Montreal Canadiens and Mark..." June 28

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    David Pagnotta @TheFourthPeriod

    Phaneuf involved in Leafs/Kings discussions. Richards may be part of it going back. If so, Leafs expected to buy him out.

  • 'No clear movement; towards Kinds trading Mike Richards

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly been shopping Mike Richards after his role with the team in 2014-15 declined to the point where he spent some time in the minors. The belief was that the Kings would have to include another asset to make any trade work, which isn’t surprising given that..." June 20

  • Kings GM: ‘A possibility’ Richards returns to NHL

    Sportsnet "In late January, the Los Angeles Kings shocked everybody when they demoted 30-year-old Mike Richards to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. A leader and a winner his whole career, it showed how much the centre had declined that not only couldn’t the Kings find a trading partner to send him to, but he..." March 14

  • Mike Richards declined Kings’ invite to the White House

    Pro Hockey Talk "The L.A. Kings will visit the White House and be honored by the President of the United States on Monday for their 2014 Stanley Cup victory. One player who won’t be there is Mike Richards. The 29-year-old had three goals and 10 points last spring as the Kings captured their second Stanley..." February 02

  • The NHL's greatest bromance has officially ended

    USA Today "With Mike Richards officially clearing waivers, we might be seeing the last phase in one of hockey’s most epic bromances. Richards will report to the AHL Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday and it’s almost certain that his playing days with best bud Jeff Carter are over. A once potent forward,..." January 28

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    Mike Halford @HalfordPHT

    Mike Richards clears waivers http://t.co/OYDN9eirdP

  • L.A. Kings place Mike Richards on waivers

    Sportsnet "The Los Angeles Kings placed Mike Richards on waivers Monday, as first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The depth centre has seen his production drop off again this season — 15 points in 47 games — and Richards’ name had been bandied about in trade talks this season with multiple..." January 26

  • Leafs and Jets reportedly had conversations with the Kings regarding Mike Richards

    Pro Hockey Talk "In an attempt to gauge interest in Mike Richards the L.A. Kings reportedly had conversations with both the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs. According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, talks stalled as a result of the money remaining on Richards’ deal. The 29-year-old still has five..." January 16

  • Mike Richards not content to be Kings' fourth-line center

    ESPN "Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor. Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this..." September 16

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    lisa dillman @reallisa

    Breaking news ... OK, not really. But Kings will NOT be buying out the contract of center Mike Richards, according to Dean Lombardi.

  • Seven centers who could move this summer – and where they’ll end up

    The Hockey News "It’s an unusual year for centers. When you build a team these days, this is a position you really need to be strong in. The Kings are deep down the middle, just as the Hawks were when they won and the Bruins in 2011. It’s a key spot on the depth chart, so when you get a good center, you tend to..." June 19

  • Kings talk up Mike Richards amid buyout speculation

    Pro Hockey Talk "Midway through the Chicago series, L.A. center Mike Richards found himself in the middle of contract buyout talk. On Friday, his teammates set about defending his value. “I think it’s fair to say everyone in here understands what [Richards] does for us,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said...." June 06

  • Kings' Richards eager to try warm-weather hockey

    NHL.com "As hard as Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards tries to visualize what the scene will look like at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 for the first installment of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, he realizes there's simply nothing he's ever been a part of that would even compare. Seriously,..." November 16

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    LA Kings @LAKings

    Mike Richards is scheduled to play tonight.

  • Mike Richards '50-50' to play

    ESPN Los Angeles "Mike Richards took part in the Los Angeles Kings' morning skate Saturday and it's not out of the question he could dress in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. "It's possible, it's 50-50," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after his team's morning skate. Richards has been out a week with a..." June 08

  • Kings' Richards ruled out of Game 4

    NHL.com "Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards did not take part in the team's morning skate at Staples Center on Thursday, and coach Darryl Sutter said he will not play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). Chicago leads the best-of-7..." June 06

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Darryl Sutter confirming what is fairly obvious: Mike Richards not playing tonight (concussion)

  • Mike Richards reportedly missed Game 2 with concussion-like symptoms

    LA Kings Insider "Immediately prior to Game 2 there was a stir in the press box as Mike Richards and Robyn Regehr were both listed as scratches on the official roster report before the official Kings lineup was eventually submitted and uploaded. When the lineup was finalized, Richards was held out with what was..." June 03

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Kings PR says Richards is out with an upper body injury

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Kings coach Darryl Sutter says Mike Richards is fine. Didn't want to further discuss the hit

  • Former Flyers instrumental in Kings' Cup win

    CSN Philly "It's an image Flyers fans likely dreamed about for years: Mike Richards and Jeff Carter lifting the Lord Stanley over their heads, kissing the NHL's most-prized possession and ending a long drought for a Cup-deprived city. Except in the dream, Richards and Carter weren't wearing Kings' black..." June 12

  • DeBoer, Richards bound by Kitchener ties

    L.A. Daily News "For New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer and Kings center Mike Richards, the road to the Stanley Cup came through Kitchener. DeBoer coached Richards there for four seasons as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Rangers, including a Memorial Cup-winning season. He was also an assistant..." May 30

  • Flyers' Snider rooting for Richards, Carter

    CSN Philly "In the City of Brotherly Love, Flyers fans will watch the Stanley Cup finals through gritted teeth and buyers' remorse over pricey authentic jerseys of their former stars that hang in the closet with little reason to see daylight. Former captain Mike Richards and former standout Jeff Carter are..." May 30

  • Former Flyers Richards, Carter seek Stanley Cup with the Kings

    Courier-Post "Richards and Carter still have a hard time believing how their lives were turned upside down when they were separated last June when the Flyers traded them to different teams on the same afternoon, then again when they were reunited in February. Now, against crazy odds, their Kings, seeded eighth..." May 30

  • Mike Richards, Peter DeBoer: Old friends, opposite sides

    Boston Herald "Memorial Cup winner. Olympic gold medalist. World Junior champion. Stanley Cup champion. All that is missing from the glittering resume of Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards is the fourth item, and he came within two victories of holding the Cup two years ago with the Philadelphia..." May 28

  • Mike Richards finds success away from Philadelphia

    Los Angeles Times "Upon further review, and the helpful distance of about three months, Kings center Mike Richards considered the wisdom of taking on someone about six inches taller and 35 pounds heavier. That would be a certain Phoenix Coyotes forward named Martin Hanzal. "I don't know what I was thinking,"..." May 12

  • Los Angeles Kings' Mike Richards finds success away from Philadelphia

    Los Angeles Times "Upon further review, and the helpful distance of about three months, Kings center Mike Richards considered the wisdom of taking on someone about six inches taller and 35 pounds heavier. That would be a certain Phoenix Coyotes forward named Martin Hanzal. "I don't know what I was thinking,"..." May 11

  • Mike Richards' resolve pays off for Kings in Game 1 against Canucks

    Los Angeles Times "The gaps between goals grew longer for Mike Richards than seemed possible for one of the NHL's premier two-way centers, capped by a 26-game famine from mid-January to mid-March. There's more to his game, but the Kings needed him to fortify what they tried to pass off as an offense. And he knew..." April 13

  • LA Kings' Mike Richards a playoff force against Canucks

    Ottawa Citizen "If Mike Richards was having a tough season, you'd never have known it in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Canucks Richards had a part in three of the Los Angeles Kings' goals – including creating the late winner in a 4-2 win over the Canucks. Richards blocked Canuck defenceman..." April 12