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So, what’s next for Mike Richards?

Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi casts himself as something of a victim - if not jilted lover - as far as Mike Richards goes, but the bottom line is that his team benefited from the situation.

They essentially were given a salary cap slap on the wrist.

What about Richards, though?

His contract was an albatross for all involved, to the point that it’s easy to forget that he’s just 30. Will he be back in the NHL, then?

As you can see in the video above, Bob McKenzie’s answer is yes ... eventually.

Richards’ legal situation still needs to shake out, and the league must decide how to handle the next step for the veteran forward, whether that be discipline and/or admission to the substance abuse program.

Long story short, though ... we may see a day in which Richards gets to play against the Kings.

/gathers popcorn in advance