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  • Capitals Sign Mike Richards To 1 Year $1 Million

    Washington Capitals, Mike Richards agree to terms on 1-year deal

    WASHINGTON -- The Capitals agreed to terms on a $1 million, one-year deal with forward Mike Richards on Wednesday.

    The deal marks a return to the NHL for Richards, who had his contract with the Los Angeles Kings terminated in June. The Kings cited a breach of contract after Richards was arrested June 17 at the Canadian border. Richards was later charged with possession of a controlled substance. Richards' court date in Manitoba for that charge was moved to January. The Capitals secured a work visa for Richards to work in the United States.

    Richards met with the NHL on Tuesday afternoon, a source told ESPN's Scott Burnside.

    Richards, 30, hasn't played in the NHL since April 2015.

    The NHL Players' Association filed a grievance against the Kings decision to end the deal, which had five years and $22 million on it. Both sides reached a settlement in October.

    Richards signed a 12-year, $69 million contract with the Flyers in 2007 but spent four seasons with the Kings starting in 2011. Richards was a key contributor on the Kings' two Stanley Cup championship teams.

    He has 179 goals and 303 assists in 710 regular-season games. He won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.