Twitter Thursday: Mike Richards might love L.A. more than Randy Newman

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This feature profiles an NHLer that’s making noise on the Twitter machine.

When Mike Richards was shipped off to Los Angeles this summer, many wondered how the former Flyers captain would react to the move. Richards had, after all, spent the majority of his hockey career in decidedly cold-weather, blue-collar cities — first in Kitchener, Ontario (where he served as the captain of the OHL’s Rangers) then in Philly, where he wore a letter on his sweater for four of six seasons.

The captaincies suggest he wasn’t just a player on these teams — he was the face of the franchise, the leader, the guy people identified with the organization.

Kinda funny, then, how that same guy now spends his days surfing and wearing sheepskin-lined footwear.

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Anyone else envisioning Richards walking down the Venice Boardwalk in UGG boots like Jason Segel in I Love You, Man? Or is that just me?

I also have to point out that Richards took a decidedly laid-back approach to getting rid of his Christmas tree which, as of Jan. 3, was still standing.

Though let’s be clear about something — you can’t blame Los Angeles livin’ for the lack of tree removal, because Buffalo’s Derek Roy tweeted this less than 24 hours ago:

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The hat’s a nice touch.