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CALGARY, AB - MARCH 10: Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 10, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Kings’ Lombardi on Richards: ‘There’s very much a possibility he’ll be back’


Following his demotion to the American Hockey League in late January, Mike Richards has put together three goals and 14 points in 16 games with the Manchester Monarchs.

The production has Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi talking about a possible recall for the 30-year-old.

“We’re running him through some tests right now,” Lombardi told Sportsnet on Thursday. “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.”

Prior to being demoted, Richards was having one of the worst seasons of his career. He had just five goals and 15 points to go along with a minus-7 rating in 47 games while averaging a career-low 13:42 in ice time.

Richards carries a $5.75 million cap hit in the NHL and has another five seasons remaining on his deal.

If his AHL production can translate back to the NHL level it’d be beneficial for all parties involved.

“The only thing I can say about this group, it’s been a group that’s essentially been together now for five years and they never let themselves down, they never quit,” Lombardi said. “They almost like having their backs against the wall. The one way you’re able to sleep at night is you know they’re a group that cares.

“That’s our strongest asset in terms of this team is 20 guys who care about each other and either way you know they’re going to be out there fighting.”

Richards is certainly a part of that group and could be an asset if he can rediscover his game at the NHL level.

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Report: Richards declined Kings’ invite to the White House

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings

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 Cup in three years.

Richards cleared waivers and was sent to the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs last week, but was invited by the Kings to join club in Washington.

The Monarchs don’t play again until Wednesday, but according to Jon Rosen, Richards declined the offer.

Richards had two shots on goal in his Monarchs debut as Manchester defeated the Portland Pirates 3-1 on Friday night.

Kings place Pearson (fractured fibula) on IR

New York Rangers v Los Angeles Kings

The L.A. Kings have placed Tanner Pearson on injured reserve with a fractured left fibula.

Pearson suffered the injury in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The 22-year-old has 12 goals and 16 points in 42 games this season.

In a corresponding move, the Kings have reportedly recalled Nick Shore from the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs.

Shore, 22, has 20 goals and 41 points in 37 AHL games this season.

Originally the Kings’ third-round pick (82nd overall) in 2011, Shore has yet to make his NHL debut.

The Kings are back in action Monday when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs.