Washington Capitals sign center Mike Richards

The Washington Capitals have signed center Mike Richards to a one-year deal. It’s a pro-rated contract for the rest of the season.

Richards had to meet with the NHL earlier today to get clearance to resume his playing career. He was arrested this summer for having drugs on his person without having a prescription for them in Canada.

Shortly thereafter, he was released by the Los Angeles Kings. This will be his third team in his career after having played for the Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 30-year-old has 482 points in his career, including 179 goals and 303 assists. He also has 577 penalty minutes in 710 career games.

He is second in active players with 28 short-hands goals and that only trails Marián Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks with 30.

This is an early birthday gift for Richards, who hasn’t played all season. He turns 31-years-old on Feb. 11.

He spent four-years with the Kings and six-years with the Flyers. With the Flyers, he had a 133 goals and 216 assists for 349 points in 453 games.

With the Kings, he scored 46 goals and had 87 assists for 133 points in 257 games. He also won two Stanley Cups with the Kings in 2012 and 2014.

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