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Brad Richards | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/2/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196
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Brad Richards is still trying to work out some kinks in his game with his new team.
"Right now, I'm trying to put together good shifts when I'm out there, and trying to buy into what Joel wants, and hopefully that will grab his attention," Richards said. He has been averaging 13:24 of ice time per game and has mostly skated on the third line. Richards has no goals, 22 shots and three assists in nine contests. The veteran forward feels it's a learning process and he'll get adjusted. Oct 30 - 5:29 PM

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Brad Richards has been busy with his newborn son, so he hasn't really had time to adjust to his new surroundings or his linemates.

However, he is getting more comfortable. Richards has opened the season on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Ben Smith rather than the second line, but he isn't bitter. "I don’t know [if it's a] disappointment," he said. "You always want to play with good players, but other players here are good, too. I think I've already played with six or eight different wingers, counting the preseason. I haven't really read too much into it." Richards has also been logging time on the point of the second power-play unit.
Oct 13 - 9:31 AM

Brad Richards will not start the season on Chicago's second line.

When Richards signed, it was anticipated that he would primarily play alongside Patrick Kane. For now he's projected to play alongside Jeremy Morin and Bryan Bickell on the third line though. That's a significant downgrade for Richards and his fantasy value will be impacted if this proves to be a permanent arrangement.
Oct 8 - 1:00 PM

Brad Richards is being used on the point on Chicago's second power-play unit.

"I've played it pretty much 95 percent of my career," Richards said. He placed alongside defenseman Brent Seabrook, which bumped Nick Leddy from the man advantage entirely. The second unit also featured Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell up front.
Oct 1 - 2:07 PM

The Blackhawks plan to begin the season with Brad Richards on the second line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

That's what people have suspected since Richards signed a one-year deal with Chicago in July, but now coach Joel Quenneville has confirmed the Blackhawks' intentions. This is a great opportunity for Richards to bounce back after recording 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 19 - 12:33 PM

As a youngster, Brad Richards dreamed about joining the Chicago Blackhawks -- but as a goalie.

When he was growing up, his idol was then-Chicago goalie Ed Belfour. "I always wanted to be a goalie, but my dad, Glen, would never let me," Richards was quoted as saying. "He played goalie a bit himself, but he wouldn’t have it. I liked all the equipment, the gear, and whenever he wasn’t around, I was a goalie in street hockey. But he wouldn’t allow it, and I cried my eyes out when he said no." Part of Richards' dream has come true, as he recently agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Hawks. But the club expects him to fill the void at second-line center next season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 26 - 8:49 AM

Brad Richards doesn't have a strong preference when it comes to who he wants to play alongside in Chicago.

Richards might end up playing alongside Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane, but that's not set in stone. "I've only watched [Kane], and he's exciting to watch," Richards said. "All of that is played out when you get on the ice. It's so hard to talk about it now because it might or might not work. . . . There are so many different players you can play with when you play here. It's a great opportunity, no matter who [it is]. If that's the case, I'd be thrilled. If not, there are other options that are very enticing, too." If Richards plays with Kane and Saad, then that would allow Jonathan Toews to play with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. That would make for two pretty intimidating lines.
Jul 21 - 9:31 AM

Brad Richards is excited to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Richards probably could have gotten significantly more money elsewhere, but he agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract so that he could fit within Chicago's tight budget. "To get an opportunity to play with these type of wingers, the four in their top six, I don’t know where you're finding that type of talent in the league. I feel I can take advantage of that and it’s up to me to do that," Richards said. "What they've accomplished, it's not just about points put up; they seem to find a way to win all the time and they're always relevant." He'll play alongside the likes of Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa as Chicago's second-line center.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 2 - 8:49 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.

That's incredibly cheap for Richards, but Chicago was already against the ceiling, so they're still going to have to make a move to accommodate this signing. All the same, this is a great addition for the Blackhawks as Richards firmly addresses their need for a second-line center. With him joining Chicago's offensive core of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa, the Blackhawks are in a great position going into the 2014-15 campaign.
Jul 1 - 4:39 PM

Randy Miller of the Newark Star-Ledger does not think that Brad Richards would fit in with the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils need scoring and some leadership and while Richards could provide both, he is not a fit according to Miller because he is already 34, he is not a number one center anymore, he is not a clutch player anymore and he will be too expensive. Richards had 20 goals and 51 points with the Rangers in 2013-14 and added five goals and 12 points in the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Jun 22 - 7:18 AM

Brad Richards would consider a return to Tampa Bay.

Richards officially hits the market July 1, after having his contract bought out by the Rangers. Pat Morris, his agent, said Richards would "certainly respond positively to interest from Tampa." Of course, this says nothing about whether the Lightning even have interest in him. Richards can still be an asset in the right situation, and his production now won’t automatically need to be judged based on the huge contract he was under with the Rangers.
Jun 21 - 9:26 PM

Rangers GM Glen Sather said the decision to buy out the remainder of Brad Richards' contract was "extremely difficult."

Sather said he has a great deal of respect for Richards. "Brad's leadership and guidance for our young players was invaluable to the organization," he said in a statement. "We are grateful to have had the professionalism and experience he brought as an example for our team to follow. Brad has been a very good player for us and an even better person. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Jun 21 - 3:54 PM

Brad Richards enjoyed his three seasons with the New York Rangers.

Richards had the last six years of his contract bought out by the Rangers on Friday and he is now an unrestricted free agent. "Tough last few days," Richards said in a statement. "I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. Glen Sather, the management, and the owner, Mr. [James] Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family. With this decision finalized, I can now look forward to starting the next chapter of my career." The 34-year-old will now look elsewhere and he should have no trouble finding an interested team as he is still a top-six forward.
Source: NY Post
Jun 21 - 10:54 AM

New York Rangers GM Glen Sather said the decision to buy out Brad Richards was "extremely difficult" because of the respect Sather has for him.

Sather went on to praise Richards' leadership and guidance. The Rangers aren't buying out Richards' contract because he didn't have value. They're doing it because he's 34 years old and came with a $6,666,667 annual cap hit through 2019-20. They had the option to rid themselves of that cap hit entirely through a compliance buyout, but that option wouldn't have been available to them beyond this summer, so they had to act now.
Jun 20 - 5:59 PM

Brad Richards has been bought out by the New York Rangers, according to multiple sources.

That's not in the least bit surprising. Richards isn't being bought out because he's a bad player, he's being bought out because the Rangers had a unique and time-sensitive opportunity to get out of the negative part of the heavily front-loaded, long-term contract they signed Richards too. By using a compliance buyout on him, which is something they wouldn't have been allowed to do past this summer, they can entirely wipe his $6,666,667 annual cap hit off the books. He would have otherwise cost the Rangers though much through 2019-20, which would have been a significant problem for the team given that Richards is already 34 years old. In effect, the Rangers got the short-term benefits of frontloading his contract without having to suffer for it when that cap hit persisted through his late-30s.
Jun 20 - 12:46 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Brad Richards
3Andrew Shaw
4Marcus Kruger
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Daniel Carcillo
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Ben Smith
5Jeremy Morin
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Johnny Oduya
5Michal Rozsival
6David Rundblad
7Trevor van Riemsdyk
G1Corey Crawford
2Antti Raanta