By Jack Ryan

Former Flyers Bad Boy Mike Richards may not be done with the NHL after all!

The NHLPA announced that it has filed a grievance on behalf of Richards after his contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings earlier this summer.

Richards’ deal, which still had five years and more than $22 million remaining, was terminated for what the team called a “material breach of the requirements of his contract” and declined to offer any additional details. It was then reported around the time of the termination that Richards had been detained at the Canadian border for allegedly carrying OxyContin.

He has not been charged with any crime.

Following the termination of his contract, the NHLPA had 60 days in which it could file a grievance.

The case will now be heard by an independent arbitrator. The NHLPA has also requested that the hearing be expedited.

Richards has been in a steady decline for several years since the team acquired him in a 2011 trade with the Flyers. The team missed an opportunity to take advantage of the compliance buyout window following the 2013-14 season, one that would have enabled the Kings to rid themselves of his remaining salary cap hit. General manager Dean Lombardi opted not to do that because Richards had helped the Kings win two championships and Lombardi wanted to remain loyal, while also believing Richards could still help the team.

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