Multiple sources announced that the Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Mike Richards on waivers. Richards has five goals and 10 assists in 47 games this season. He is a veteran of 704 NHL games, a former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Kings.
Richards is the Kings’ third-highest paid forward ($5.75-million through the 2019-20 season), in terms of salary-cap hit, alongside Anze Kopitar ($6.8 million) and Dustin Brown ($5.875 million).
The center has spent the season on the fourth line. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi had the opportunity last June to buy out the final six seasons of Richards’ contract but he kept Richards due to his re-dedication to training and fitness.
“It’s a process you work through, right?” said Lombardi on the decision to reporters today. “It’s not like it all of a sudden dawns on you. I mean, you’re starting to think about it and you work through the process. I mean, I think it’s fair to say that we made a final decision on this that we were going to one way or another deal with it after the All-Star break.”Read more... Join the Conversation...