Mike Richards' road back to the NHL has succeeded for now, as the Washington Capitals signed the former All-Star center to a one-year, $1 million deal on Wednesday.
When he suits up for the Capitals, it'll be the first NHL action for Richards since October 2015 with the Los Angeles Kings. ESPN reports Richards has been skating with the Capitals and can join their lineup when "deemed ready."
In June, Richards was the focus of a Canadian investigation of an incident along the Canada-United States border. The Los Angeles Kings then terminated his contract, and the two sides went to court over it before settling in October and making Richards a free agent.
Due to the ongoing investigation, Richards was required to meet with the NHL before the contract with Washington was approved. According to the Capitals, Richards was "given clearance to immediately resume his NHL career."
Richards spent six years with the Philadelphia Flyers before being traded to the Kings in 2011, where he won Stanley Cups with them in 2012 and 2014. Richards has 179 goals and 482 points in 710 career games.