For center Mike Richards, the most difficult part was the uncertainty when the Kings put him on waivers in late January.
How long would he be gone? Or would he come back?
Those questions were eventually answered when he received a phone call Saturday afternoon from Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake. The Kings made it official Sunday, recalling Richards from their minor league affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
Richards, who practiced with his teammates Sunday in New Jersey, said it was initially "discouraging" to be sent down. After clearing waivers, he played 16 games with the Monarchs in the American Hockey League.
"But they've got a good...