It didn’t come out of nowhere, but no one was expecting this:



*jaw hangs open*

Mike Richards, the player that Dean Lombardi went all in for in the summer of 2011, was suddenly all but gone.

There are still many things to play out, but here’s what we know right now (by that I mean what Bob McKenzie is telling us):

*thumbs down emoji*

Richards never lived up to the statistical level that he reached with the Philadelphia Flyers, but we was an integral part of the 2012 Stanley Cup team and played a big part in the 2014 run as well.

King Tufficult, our resident historian and lover of all things LA Kings, wrote about why Richards means so much to the organization. It was a moving piece that captured how we should all look back on the Richards Era.

Beyond that, it’s just a sad day…

Sad because we never wanted it to end like this.

Sure, Richards’ game had fallen off, but Kings fans don’t take joy in seeing one of their own become a shell of his former self.

We here at #TeamTRH wish nothing but the best for a man who brought so many great memories to us and Kings fans everywhere, and hope that this isn’t the end of his career.

So, for now, just remember the good times while the rest of the dust settles:

Just the mood music that we need.

Take care, Rick.

PumperNicholl is a lifelong LA Kings fan and actually learned how to speak English from Bob Miller by watching LA Kings games… and the Police Academy movies. You should probably follow PumperNicholl on Twitter @pumpernicholl