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Kings hope Mike Richards can give them a competitive edge
Kings hope Mike Richards can give them a competitive edge

The Kings should have shed Mike Richards' contract during last summer's final compliance-buyout period, but General Manager Dean Lombardi wanted to keep his core group together and willingly believed Richards' promises to improve his fitness. Whether Richards didn't keep his word or was unable to keep pace in a young, fast NHL doesn't matter now. After waiving him and sending him to the American Hockey League in part to look at their young centers, the Kings found they need the competitive DNA Richards can bring to a challenging playoff drive, especially with veteran center Jarret Stoll out indefinitely and following concussion protocols. It's Richards'...

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