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Kings center Mike Richards clears waivers, will be sent to minors
Kings center Mike Richards clears waivers, will be sent to minors

Kings center Mike Richards cleared waivers on Tuesday, as expected, and he will report to the team's minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said. Any NHL team could have claimed Richards in a 24-hour window -- which closed at 9 a.m. -- but the twin items of the length and term of his contract were significant obstacles. The 12-year, $69-million Richards contract, by the way, was negotiated when he was still in Philadelphia. When the Kings acquired him from the Flyers in 2011 in the trade that sent Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn to Philadelphia, they also acquired the deal. The Kings face five more years of a $5.75-million cap...

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