On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced they have terminated the contract of center Mike Richards. The team put Richards on waivers on Sunday and many expected a buyout to be announced on Monday. Instead the Kings have fully terminated the deal, citing a breach of contract on Richards’ part.
The Kings have not announced why Richards was in violation of his deal, but it is believed that an off-ice incident took place over the weekend. The team was attempting to trade the 30-year-old during the NHL draft on Friday and had substantive talks with both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to that end. But Kings general manager Dean Lombardi immediately informed both teams of the off-ice incident and talks ended there.