Tag Archive for Mike Richards

I bet there’s a trade coming

Lombardi opts not to buy out Mike Richards. People are taking this as a vote of confidence, a nod to loyalty, etc., and maybe it is. But it’s also possible Lombardi is just preserving assets he believes he can deal. This doesn’t necessarily mean Richards is the one he will trade. There are other worthy…

Get Yer LA Kings Cumulative Stanley Cup Stats, 2012 + 2014

Some observations: 12 players played in all 46 games (11 skaters and Jonathan Quick). 16 players played in both 2012 and 2014 (15 skaters and Quick). 14 players played/dressed in only one of the two years (12 skaters, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones). At even strength, only Marian Gaborik has a higher goals-per-game than Tyler…

Tyler Toffoli can’t play LW, we’ve been told…

…but he’s NHL-ready, and a pure sniper. Oh, and the Kings need goals. The problem is, there’s no room for him. Because the Kings have three top-six centers (Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter), one of whom has been converted to RW (Carter). Dustin Brown and Justin Williams are natural RWs. Brown goes left so…

My favorite 25 Kings under 25

I was asked to contribute my own list to the Top 25 Under 25 feature now running over at Jewels from the Crown. Every time they post a new name (25, 24, 23…), I have to go check my own list to see what I said about so-and-so. To make that task easier on me…

Flyer Quota Intact – Lombardi acquires Daniel Carcillo

Yesterday, Ron Hextall left for the Kings’ East Coast Affiliate. Today, Dean Lombardi traded a conditional 5th round pick for ex-Flyer Daniel Carcillo, maintaining the Philly West population at seven (Carcillo, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, Colin Fraser, John Stevens, and Lombardi). I’ll leave it to someone else to point out that Lombardi seems…

My 2 Cents on Bernier for Frattin and Scrivens

Jonathan Bernier was the first King drafted by Dean Lombardi, with the 11th pick in 2006. I have closely followed Bernier’s career for longer than I have any other current King. Seven years. I was aware of Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar when drafted, but can’t say I was following closely, not until they arrived…

Are the Kings “screwed”? (And is it news?)

I told you all many months ago that the Kings would have to get rid of two of their $3MM+ contracts in order to get under the cap. I gave a short list of (pick two of) Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. This was of course long before we all knew…

Game 1 post-game Game 2 pre-game bullets

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams: three clutch players. That was one of those “tails, heads, heads” games, like in the St. Louis series. Very, very close, with a razor thin margin for error. Dave Bolland hit on Mike Richards? I can see the argument both ways. But I didn’t think it was outrageous,…