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Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract, could face battle with NHLPA

Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract, could face battle with NHLPA

The Kings moved to sever their relationship with center Mike Richards by terminating his contract, citing "a material breach" by the player. This could unleash a fierce and protracted battle with the NHL Players Assn., which has 60 days to file a grievance but is expected to do so sooner. The Kings did not expound on their decision in a three-paragraph statement issued Monday. It is thought the Kings recently received information leading them to make such a move, according to individuals with knowledge of the matter but not authorized to comment. On Sunday, they placed Richards on unconditional waivers — seemingly moving to buy out his contract — but changed...

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