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Mike Richards

Center, Los Angeles Kings

One of the most shocking moves of the offseason was the June trade that sent the Flyers captain to the Kings for forwards Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round pick. Richards departed Philadelphia under a cloud of allegations about late-night partying affecting his play after signing a 12-year deal with Philadelphia in 2007, but the Kings are confident the two-time 30-goal scorer, who is plus-39 for his six-year NHL career, will juice their offense. "We felt at this stage of the franchise it was time to make a significant move for an impact player," Kings GM Dean Lombardi said in a statement. "Mike Richards is not only one of the top players in the league, he's also universally recognized as one of the finer leaders in the game and one of its elite competitors. Additionally, given that he's only 26-years-old and he's on a long-term contract, he fits our plan now and for the long-term future."

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