Exclusive: Jim Fox on LA Kings Trade for Mike Richards

He may be on the other side of the globe, yet Jim Fox still made time to check in with MayorsManor regarding the big news from yesterday.

Fresh off another successful charity event last week (they raised over $200k at the 23rd annual Jim Fox/Dave Taylor golf tournament), Fox headed over to Prague this week for some R&R. Although he still couldn’t shake the hockey world, as he worked out in the same gym yesterday with Roman Hamrlik and Patrick Elias. You think Kovalchuk’s name came up?

Meanwhile, the Kings were retooling their roster yesterday in a big way – acquiring Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second round draft pick.

In Richards, the Kings received the Flyers’ 26-year old captain, who is under a long term contract. He’s averaged 28 goals, 42 assists and 70 points over the last four seasons. Equally important, he’s played in 57 playoff games – including the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.

Earlier this morning Fox shared a few comments on the trade –

“When I think of Mike Richards I think ‘playoff player.’ A guy who because of his competitive nature and style personifies ‘leaving it all on the ice.’ His versatility drives his value way up. He plays and excels in all facets of the game – all situations and he gets better when the game is on the line!”

For more on the trade, see these exclusive comments from one of Richards’ former teammates.

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