Friday October 9th, 2015

A settlement has been reached between the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the NHL in regards to the grievance filed on behalf of Mike Richards, the NHLPA announced on Friday.

The NHLPA filed the grievance back on Aug. 10, contesting Richards’ contract termination by the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings stated the reason behind the termination of his contract was due to “material breach” of its terms. Richards had $22 million and five years left on the deal. 

Richards, 30, will now be an unrestricted free agent. The Kings released a statement that the terms were agreeable to all parties and had no further comment.

Due to the Kings initially terminating the contract, Los Angeles now faces a salary cap recapture charge for the next five years, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN. The salary cap charge could stay with Los Angeles through 2031, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

The termination of Richards’s contract came the day before a report surfaced that Richards was detained by Canadian police in mid-June for possessing OxyContin pills while crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada. ​

After a two-month investigation, Richards was charged with possession of a controlled substance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Last season, Richards scored five goals and recorded 11 assists in 53 games with the Kings. 

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-Beth Maiman

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