The Kings face five more years of a $5.75-million cap hit after this season. If the team were to buy out Richards this summer, he would receives two-thirds of the dollar value of the contract to be paid out over twice its remaining life.
They considered using a compliance buyout on Richards following the Kings'
It didn't happen that way.
Richards was used mostly in a fourth-line role and his output dropped to five goals and 15 points in 47 games. His plus-minus was a minus-7 and Richards has scored only once since Nov. 22.
The plan was for Richards to go to Manchester to work on getting his game back.