So much has changed since then. Still, it comes always back to hockey and his Kings teammates, meaning a lot has stayed the same.
He admitted it was humbling to get waived and sent to the minors. Now that Richards is back in the
“It’s pretty easy to get back. It’s two months, but at the same time I’ve been with this group for about four years now,” Richards said after Monday’s morning skate, a few hours before the Kings played the
"It's crunch time now. It's unfortunate that we put ourselves in this position."
Said Kings captain
The New Jersey game starts a five-game trip and the rest of the journey, to the New York area and later Minnesota and Chicago, could help determine the Kings' playoff hopes.
They were out of a playoff spot before Monday night's action and it's one of the several reasons Richards is back from their minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
“Obviously we’ve lost
"I trust him and he trusts me. That's a big part of it. We've put some young guys in there -- at the end of the day I think they're going to be good players -- but right now, they haven't shown it consistently we can win with them."
On another topic, Sutter was asked when defenseman
"The bottom line is: When a guy has been out six weeks with a head injury when are they ready to play?" Sutter said. "Right now, it's like talking about Mike, experience is a factor."