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For Kings and center Mike Richards, trust is a two-way street
For Kings and center Mike Richards, trust is a two-way street

In a sport increasingly influenced by analytics, in a league where one bad decision can wreck a team's salary-cap structure and cramp its future, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi relied on old-fashioned methodology in deciding to keep Mike Richards rather than buy out the veteran center after a disappointing regular-season performance. Wonk that he is, Lombardi did plenty of homework. He used side-by-side monitors to study tapes of Richards' skating during his prime seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and last season, looking for differences. He asked people around the NHL when they thought it reasonable for a player's production to drop off, especially those who —...

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