Richards still has a court date looming in Canada in connection with his arrest at the border in Emerson, Manitoba, in June. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and his next scheduled hearing is Jan. 28.
Before the deal with the Capitals was announced Wednesday, Richards met with NHL Commissioner
After Richards was arrested, the Kings moved to terminate his contract. A settlement was reached in October and Kings General Manager
Lombardi had more to say about Richards during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. The Kings made a three-player trade with the Philadelphia Flyers, acquiring defenseman
"I think now that everything's out in the open and the team can work with him without things being hidden, I think he's got a great shot," Lombardi said. "There's nothing being hidden anymore."
Richards will be joining former Kings teammate
"I think that this is a great opportunity for him," Lombardi said. "The biggest difference is, you've got a good man there in Brian MacLellan, it's a strong organization and now everybody knows the facts and can help instead of everybody worrying about [how] you can't say nothing.