When It Comes To Mike Richards, Loyalty Becomes A Double-Edged Sword For LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (center, with Stanley Cup behind his right shoulder), shown here during the
the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship rally at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 14, 2012.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography


LOS ANGELES — On June 28, as expected, the Los Angeles Kings placed veteran center Mike Richards on unconditional waivers. Once he clears waivers, the Kings will buy out his contract.

Although the buy out will give the Kings immediate salary cap relief, giving them an estimated $4.5 million extra to work with under the cap per capfriendly.com and generalfanager.com (Kings salary cap would be an estimated $61.8 million, down from $66.4 million), the buy out will be amortized over ten years, as far as the salary cap is concerned, with the Kings taking the following cap hits:

President Obama Honors LA Kings, LA Galaxy At The White House For Their 2014 Championships

LOS ANGELES KINGS HONORED AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Read about and watch the February 2, 2015 event where President Obama honored the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Galaxy were honored by President Barack Obama
at the White House on February 2, 2015.
Official White House Photo: Pete Souza


LOS ANGELES — As they did in March 2013, after they won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, the Los Angeles Kings visited the White House in Washington, D.C., as honored guests of the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on February 2, to be honored as the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions.

Just like in 2012, the Kings shared the honor with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy (they won the 2012 MLS Cup), who won the 2014 MLS Cup Championship.

Both the Kings and the Galaxy are owned by the Anschutz Entertainment Group.

“As a Chicago fan, I’m a little resentful,” President Obama said in his remarks in the East Room of the White House. “You guys have an embarrassment of riches.”

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LA Kings Bob Miller Talks About New Film About His Career Premiering on December 5

LA Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller,
the Voice of the Kings, is shown here with his 2012
Stanley Cup Championship ring.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Here in the Los Angeles area, sports fans have been blessed with beautiful music during broadcasts of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers, not to mention the UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Rams, and what was then the California Angels.

That “music” came from the broadcast booths for those teams, with the incredible voices of Dick Enberg, Chick Hearn, Bob Miller and Vin Scully behind the microphone—four of the finest play-by-play announcers to ever the hit the airwaves, “serenading” Southern California sports fans.

Enberg called UCLA basketball games, and called the play-by-play for the Angels and Rams. Hearn was the legendary voice of the Lakers, and Scully, another legend, is still going strong with the Dodgers.

Miller, 77, received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2000, which recognizes “…members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting,” making him a media honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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LA Kings Blue Liner Jake Muzzin Is Starting To Look And Sound Like An NHL Veteran

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past four months, you know that the Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship last June.

The Kings spent this past summer enjoying the fruits of their labor, celebrating their second Stanley Cup win in the last three seasons, and like the rest of his teammates, defenseman Jake Muzzin got to spend a day with hockey’s version of the Holy Grail.

“This summer was an exciting one, that’s for sure,” said the 25-year-old, 6-3, 213-pound native of Woodstock, Ontario. “It was pretty busy. We had a lot going on. The day with the Cup was pretty special.”

“We did a lot,” added Muzzin. “I was a busy man that day. We brought it to both sides of the family, my Mom’s side and my Dad’s side. We had a parade through Woodstock, we had a key to the city ceremony, I signed [autographs for] the public for two-and-a-half hours or so, we had a reunion with the old team I played with in Woodstock, and we had a party that night.”

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LA Kings: Stanley Cup Is A “Rock Star” That Everybody Has To Celebrate, 2014 Edition-Video, Photos

LA Kings video coordinator Bill Gurney (left), along with his wife, Tina (right), with the Stanley Cup at their Westminster, California home
on September 28, 2014.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

WESTMINSTER, CA — One of the great things about the Stanley Cup, perhaps the greatest thing, is that hockey’s version of the Holy Grail is shared. Players, coaches, trainers, equipment staff, team executives, owners—they all get to spend quality time with the Stanley Cup before the start of the next National Hockey League season.

What many may not be aware of is that many Stanley Cup-winning teams give some of their staff who fans never see or hear about their time with the Stanley Cup as well, and that includes the Los Angeles Kings.

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