Tag: Mike Richards

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Report: Richards declined Kings’ invite to the White House


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.

Mike Richards trying to make the best of being sent to the AHL

Mike Richards

Mike Richards made his debut for the Manchester Monarchs on Friday. No goals. No points. Two shots on goal. He then spoke about the events of this week, which saw him put on waivers and eventually sent down to the American Hockey League.

“It’s not easy. That’s for sure. But, at the end of the day, I’m a hockey player. I [did] what I was told in LA,” he told Mayors Manor.

“Whether it was third line, second line, fourth line, I do what I was told. I got told to come down here and play, so I do what I’m told. It’s what being a hockey player is all about.

“It is what it is. You play hockey. That’s what I’m here for is to play hockey. I liked LA, I liked the team, but I’m in this position now. I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason, from being drafted to Philly to being traded to LA. Everything happens for a reason. You just try to make the best out of whatever scenario you’re put in.”

The Kings placed the 29-year-old Richards on waivers on Monday. Not a single team claimed him, and he was then dispatched to Manchester.

With an annual cap hit of $5.75 million through to the 2019 season, Richards’ offensive numbers with the Kings this season have been way down, with five goals and 15 points in 47 games.

L.A.’s general manager Dean Lombardi called placing Richards on waivers a “tough decision” to make.

This will be a milestone night for several Flyers


Tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a night to remember for several members of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek, who both joined the Flyers in the summer of 2011 as part of the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter trades respectively, will each reach the 500-game milestone.

“Oh yeah, I knew it was coming,” Simmonds told CSN Philly. “That’s a big milestone. Well, in my eyes, anyway. In my mind, that’s a lot of games.”

Voracek is just 25 years old and Simmonds turned 26 in August, so it’s not hard to picture both of them playing in another 500 contests, especially given how they’ve performed this season. Voracek has 17 goals and a league-leading 58 points while Simmonds has 18 goals and 31 points in 50 contests.

If goaltender Steve Mason starts as anticipated, it will also be his 100th game with Philadelphia. He struggled for years in Columbus after an impressive debut season, but has a 2.43 GAA and .921 save percentage over his tenure with the Flyers.

Philadelphia is going for its fourth straight win tonight while Toronto is trying to end its losing streak at eight games.

Report: Rob Blake would be Brendan Shanahan’s first choice to replace Dave Nonis

Rob Blake Peter Forsberg; Dominik Hasek; Mike Modano; Pat Burns; Lynn Burns; Bill McCreary

In a perfect world, Brendan Shanahan would get permission from the L.A. Kings and hire Rob Blake as the next general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to hockey insider Bob McKenzie, Mark Hunter, who was hired as the Leafs’ Director of Player Personnel earlier this season, is another rumored replacement for Dave Nonis.

However, if possible, Shanahan would like Blake to be the guy. McKenzie was on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto Friday afternoon and had this to say on the matter:

There’s always been speculation about the future of Nonis and whether he’s Shanahan’s guy and what he’s going to do here.

When Mark Hunter got hired, I think there was a widespread presumption that he could be a general manager in waiting if and when Brendan Shanahan makes a move to terminate or put Dave Nonis out to pasture – whatever the case may be.

I’ve also heard, over the course of time, that Brendan Shanahan’s first choice, if he were to hire a general manager other than Dave Nonis, would be Rob Blake, who worked with Shanahan at player safety and now of course works for the Los Angeles Kings under the Dean Lombardi regime.

I personally don’t think Rob Blake has any interest in leaving Southern California. He’s a surfer, he likes working with the Kings, and as much as he one day maybe wants to be a general manager, I’d be absolutely shocked if he wanted to do it in Toronto.

For now, Nonis remains the general manager of the club, which is in the middle of an eight-game losing streak. According to reports, Nonis was in Manchester, NH Friday night scouting Kings’ property Mike Richards. Nonis will likely be the general manager till the end of the season, but it appears his days are numbered.

PHT Morning Skate: Mike Bossy thinks the Isles can win the Cup

Mike Bossy

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Retired Hall of Famer Mike Bossy thinks that the 2014-15 New York Islanders are the real deal. (New York Post)

The Tampa Bay Lightning arranged for a surprise reunion between an Air Force father with his two children. (Puck Daddy)

Here are the highlights from San Jose’s 6-3 win over Anaheim:

After playing in 37 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, heading back to the Western Hockey League has been an adjustment for Leon Draisaitl. On the plus side though, it’s moved him from a struggling team to one that leads its league. (Edmonton Sun)

With Kyle Okposo sidelined, Cal Clutterbuck is serving as an alternative captain with the Islanders. (Newsday)

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a stunning paddle save during Thursday’s game against the Islanders last night:

Would the Calgary Flames be a good fit for Mike Richards and what would it take for the Los Angeles Kings to be able to unload his contract onto them? (Calgary Sun)

You can watch the highlights from Montreal’s 1-0 win against the Rangers below: