Report: Police investigation into Mike Richards involves prescription drug

Jared Clinton
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According to a report, an alleged incident at the Canada-U.S. border has Mike Richards under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

TMZ Sports reported late Tuesday evening that now-former Los Angeles Kings center Richards, whose contract was terminated by the Kings for a “material breach” on Monday, was allegedly held up when crossing the border from the United States into Canada on June 17.

Following the TMZ report, the Winnipeg Sun’s Paul Friesen cited a source that told him the RCMP are investigating, “after a man was held in custody at the Emerson, Man., border crossing for at least four hours after allegedly trying to import OxyContin pills on June 17.”

It’s important to note, however, that no charges have been laid against Richards. Read more

CHL Import Draft: who is coming over?

Oliver Kylington (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The CHL’s Import Draft was held today, giving every major junior team on the continent a chance to pick up some prime European talent. Franchises are allowed to play two Euros on their roster, but no goaltenders. Teams that have a European player taken in the first round of the NHL can select a third player’s rights as well, in case the first-rounder ends up leaving.

With that out of the way, let’s look at how things went down. Consider this a non-comprehensive list, as I am cobbling together commitments or denials as I receive them from various sources in the industry.

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Mike Richards’ contract terminated by Kings after “material breach”

Jared Clinton
(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHL)

The Mike Richards buyout saga has taken a strange turn and become the Mike Richards termination saga as the Los Angeles Kings announced Monday they have terminated the contract of the veteran center following a “material breach” of the deal.

The full statement from the Kings reads as follows:

“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”

The contract termination came as a shock, as it was believed the Kings were instead planning to buyout Richards’ deal, making him an unrestricted free agent. Read more

Day 1 a great one for Buffalo, miserable one for Bruins

Dylan Strome, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. – Friday night will go down in history as the night Connor McDavid officially became a card-carrying member of the NHL fraternity and embarked on his career as the savior of the Edmonton Oilers. But that’s not all we’ll remember about the first night of the draft in 2015.

We may all look back at this night 10 years from now and identify it as the precise moment in time when two seismic events occurred. The first one is the ascension of the Buffalo Sabres into respectability. And the second is we may very well point to June 26, 2015 as the day the Boston Bruins began their downward spiral into mediocrity. Or worse.

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Kings acquire Milan Lucic from Bruins for Martin Jones, first-rounder, prospect

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Milan Lucic (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins continue to make wild headlines in the hours approaching the 2015 draft. First, GM Don Sweeney shipped defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames in what has already become a maligned deal, at least based on the venomous social media response. Next up: power forward Milan Lucic.

As reported by Lisa Dillman and Elliotte Friedman, Boston has traded Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for the 13th overall pick in the draft, goaltender Martin Jones and prospect defenseman Colin Miller.

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Hamilton trade a cautionary tale in bad salary cap management

Dougie Hamilton (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. – Well here we are still hours before the NHL draft and already THN senior editor Brian Costello has already won Twitter today. After the Calgary Flames-Boston Bruins blockbuster, Costello took to social media to point out that according to our Draft Preview, the Bruins had traded Dougie Hamilton in exchange for Nick Merkley, Dennis Yan and Graham Knott.

Those are the three players we have ranked No. 15, 54 and 53 respectively. It almost certainly won’t turn out that way, but you get the idea. Now get this idea. Over the course of 24 hours, the Bruins traded a 50-point scorer and an elite defenseman in exchange for a package that could amount to nothing.

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Rumor Roundup: Lucic trade talk heating up

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Considering the increased trade speculation entering the 2015 draft, it’s only fitting Boston Bruins left winger Milan Lucic and defenseman Dougie Hamilton should resurface in the rumor mill. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claims the Bruins are listening to offers for Lucic. The asking price is apparently “big,” though Garrioch didn’t mention specifics.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty notes there was talk of the Bruins shipping the 27-year-old Lucic to the New York Rangers for defenseman (and Boston native) Keith Yandle. Another rumor linked the power forward to the Vancouver Canucks for a defenseman. Haggerty claims Canucks blueliner Alex Edler was mentioned in previous Bruins trade rumors. He also wonders if the Bruins could target Kevin Bieksa or Dan Hamhuis.

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