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Kings cut Richards with 6 years on deal

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings decided they could wait no longer for Mike Richards to regain his championship form.

The Kings put Richards on waivers Monday when they returned from the All-Star break, finally acknowledging the veteran center's declining play.

Richards has been a key part of the Kings' two Stanley Cup championship teams in the past three seasons, playing a responsible two-way role and providing leadership. But his plummeting offensive production hasn't matched his exorbitant contract since shortly after he arrived in Los Angeles, which acquired him from Philadelphia in 2011.

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