EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Mike Richards almost laughed at the question.
No, he doesn't ever feel like the Los Angeles Kings are his team; not when he doesn't wear the 'C' on his sweater and not when there's an actual captain, Dustin Brown, and other longer-tenured Kings such as Matt Greene and Anze Kopitar in the room.
The question doesn't seem so far-reaching, though, considering how Richards and linemate Jeff Carter have done a lot of the heavy lifting for the Kings in the early stages of this season. Many observers might readily identify Brown and Kopitar as the leaders of Los Angeles, but it's really been Richards and Carter.
Kopitar leads L.A. in scoring, but it took him 10 games to get his first goal and he has three in 15 games. Brown has been quiet offensively since coach Darryl Sutter took him off the top line, though he might go back there Thursday night when the Kings play the Buffalo Sabres.