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Mike Richards Wants To Move Up The LA Kings Depth Chart

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor.

Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this summer to help bring back the Mike Richards of old. He would commit himself to trying to bring back the player that Lombardi traded for in the summer of 2011, the one that help transform the Kings from pretenders into winners.

"This summer, I put in the work," Richards told ESPN.com over the phone Monday. "Of course, injuries can happen, but at least going into the season right now I feel good and I’ve skated a lot more than I have in the past. I feel prepared and I’m excited for the year."

As Richards pointed out, who knows exactly how that translates to his on-ice performance once the season starts, but he says he feels much better at this point than he did a year ago. 


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Hank1974's avatar

Some of that ‘Sober Island’ stuff must be true.
How does a guy, a former Captain, stop preparing during the offseason?
Especially when you’re getting close to 30 years old?

He should be embarrassed.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/16/14 at 02:31 PM ET


Hank, think about Richards has accomplished before the age of 30 - Calder cup, Canada Cup, Olympics, 2 Stanley Cups - the dude has won at every level. I was worried how he continued to motivate himself - he’s not the type who says “I want to be the best” - so absent that, what does he use to motivate himself? This is really good news for Kings fans, though - Richards committing himself to getting back to the player he once was. Imagine 4 lines of world class centers on the Kings?

Posted by scooter on 09/17/14 at 02:01 PM ET

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