Center Mike Richards was still torn about being traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles a month after the surprising deal was done. His perspective changed after he took a stroll along a South Bay beach.

"I started thinking it's not a bad place to be and not a bad place to start a new career," he said Wednesday.

Richards, projected to ease the scoring burden carried by top-line center Anze Kopitar, got his new uniform Wednesday in El Segundo and said he looked forward to joining a team that "made a lot of big steps in the last couple years." The next step for the Kings will be to re-sign restricted free-agent defenseman Drew Doughty, but that doesn't appear to be imminent.

General Manager Dean Lombardi said he and Doughty's agent, Don Meehan, on Tuesday had their first extended conversation in a while.

"It's safe to say we're still having dialogue. Just keep trying to move forward," Lombardi said. "We'll be talking again here shortly. … We're still on track."

Lombardi said the scheduled Aug. 2 arbitration hearing for standout Nashville defenseman Shea Weber won't provide a perfect standard for Doughty because Weber is 26 to Doughty's 21 and Weber is a year from unrestricted free agency.