What’s in a (nick) name?
One more Mike Richards item for the day, and a light-hearted one… In any hockey locker room, the assigning of nicknames is a highly important issue. Almost always, it’s some form of the player’s last name with an “o,’’ “er’’ or “ie’’ attached to the end. What to do, then, when Mike Richards arrived? The Kings already had Brad Richardson — “Richie’’ — and it seemed pretty clear that “Richo’’ or “Richer’’ was not going to cut it. So, apparently, the team has settled on “Rick,’’ as announced by Drew Doughty.
DOUGHTY: “Yeah, that’s kind of what we’re calling him, Rick, because we’ve got Richie. So, Rick.’’
Question: So, Brad Richardson would never lose his nickname? There’s seniority there?
DOUGHTY: “Yeah. I think it’s been Rick for a while. That’s what he kind of told us to call him when he got over here. We’re going to try to come up with a better one, I think.’’
Also, Richards did a quick video interview about his return to Philadelphia…