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Brad Richards | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/2/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 199
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Brad Richards centered Chicago's second line on Sunday between Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg.
"It was our first game [as a line], and it felt great," Richards said. "I think I've had some opportunities with [Kane] a few games this year, and we've been close. And it feels good. You put it in the net, and you can tell we just started rolling and getting that confidence as a group out there. [Versteeg] played a hell of a game, too." Richards contributed two assists in the Blackhawks' 6-2 triumph over Dallas, while Versteeg and Kane picked up a goal and two assists each. Nov 17 - 9:37 AM

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Brad Richards will appear in his 1,000th game on Sunday as he faces former team the Dallas Stars.

Dallas was his lone career stop where he produced a point per game (227 in 220 regular season contests). Overall, Richards has 876 points in 999 career games. He has three goals and six assists in 17 games with Chicago so far.
Nov 16 - 8:43 AM

Facing his former team, Brad Richards scored his third goal of the season in Chicago's 3-2 shootout victory over the Lightning.

Richards has had little offensive impact since joining the Hawks in the offseason, as his role has been that of a depth scorer without much involvement in the power play. Marcus Kruger scored the other goal for Chicago in the win.
Nov 11 - 11:46 PM

Brad Richards is projected to play the point on Chicago's top power-play unit.

That spot is typically occupied by Patrick Sharp, but he's expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a leg injury. Richards has picked up two goals and one assist in his last four games, but he's logged just over 11 minutes of ice time in his last two outings. Getting first-line time with the man advantage should give his minutes a boost.
Nov 7 - 8:52 AM

Brad Richards lit the lamp for the first time as a Blackhawks player Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Leafs.

Richards has been a solid contributor for the Blackhawks this season, though he hadn’t been rewarded with a goal. He now has five points, too, with four coming in the past five games. Richards got to play on the second line Saturday. Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist. Brendon Saad and Patrick Kane got the helpers.
Nov 1 - 10:59 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Brad Richards
3Andrew Shaw
4Marcus Kruger
5Joakim Nordstrom
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
7Adam Clendening
8Trevor van Riemsdyk
G1Corey Crawford
2Antti Raanta