Friday morning, two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards took the ice for his first practice with the Capitals. Head coach Barry Trotz said Richards will start as the team’s fourth-line center and his play will dictate if he moves up in the line-up.
“There’s no assurances in anything, in life,” Trotz said to the media Thursday. “The only assurances were that he was going to do his best to help us win the Stanley Cup, and that’s why we wanted to get him.”
Today’s practice will also determine if Richards is in need of a conditioning stint in Hershey that could last a maximum of two weeks. He will not play Saturday against the Rangers. In an interview Wednesday night with Gary Lawless, Richards said he’s been working out with a personal trainer and “never felt better.”
Richards will wear number 10 with the team.
— Chuck Gormley (@CharlesAGormley) January 8, 2016
Perhaps a better look at Richards… pic.twitter.com/hpbUsxYuaN
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