Without going into much analysis, which I don't generally like to do anyway, I want to announce and welcome to Los Angeles center Mike Richards. The Kings traded one of the leagues top prospects, a grinding right winger and a draft pick for a top line center who was the captain of the Flyers and well regarded as a tough minded leader who can score, hit and play his heart out to get the job done. He plays both ends of the ice and immediately catapults the Kings into one of the top echelon clubs in the Western Conference. This is a huge trade that has put our rivals on notice. The Kings are here to win.
It's good to be a Kings fan today.
Here is a great video of the best of Mike Richards.
And here is what Philadelphia likes to call "The Shift."
(Pic Link: WikiCommons: Bridget Samuels)
GM Dean Lombardi talks about the trade.
Word now is that the Kings have traded Ryan Smyth. This provides the Kings with tons of cap space. Enough space for a big free agent pick-up (crossing my fingers- Brad Richardson?). Heck, maybe those other rumors about a 3-way trade possibly bringing Zach Parise to LA for Bernier and whatever we get for Smyth might be in the cards. Who knows? Details to be announced on Saturday.