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Kings keep the trust, don't buy out Mike Richards' contract
Kings keep the trust, don't buy out Mike Richards' contract

As it turned out, there was a center named Richards bought out in the NHL on Friday — only it was Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. Not Mike Richards of the Kings. The Kings decided against buying out the contract of Richards, according to General Manager Dean Lombardi. A compliance buyout would have aided the Kings in terms of salary-cap relief. Richards is in the middle of a 12-year contract worth $69 million, an agreement reached when he was with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has been a key factor — a heart-and-soul element of the leadership group — in the Kings' two Stanley Cup championships in the last three seasons. Lombardi is loyal to his players and...

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