Via Bob McKenzie, the Kings and Mike Richards are negotiating to reach a settlement stemming from the club’s decision to terminate the final five years and $22-million on Richards’ contract after the team learned that its former center was detained at the United States-Canada border crossing in Emerson, Manitoba in June.
It sounds like talks are far enough along that it could possibly get wrapped up today, but that is by no means guaranteed.
It’s a delicate and complicated case, to be sure. At least a couple of times in the last couple of weeks, a settlement was believed to be getting closer, only to see it not nailed down. But the two parties have been working hard to get it done. It appears it’s getting closer again. But as we so often say in difficult negotiations like these, it’s not a done deal until it’s signed, sealed and delivered and it’s not there yet.