Mike Richards is already looking ahead to a new future with the Los Angeles Kings, but the young centre was firing back at the past on Tuesday at a story that said he and former teammate Jeff Carter were traded out from the Philadelphia Flyers because of excessive partying.

A report written in the Philadelphia Daily News by gossip columnist Dan Gross said that in December 2009, new head coach Peter Laviolette asked his players to commit to not drinking for a month and each player was to write his number on a locker room board as a pledge. According to two unnamed players, Richards' No. 18 and Carter's No. 17 were not on the board for the 'Dry Island' experiment and did not take part in it in future attempts.