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Brad Richards | Center

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/2/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 199
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Jeff Blashill likes the combination of Brad Richards and Pavel Datsyuk.
"Richie playing with him, they seem to play well together," the Wings bench boss said. "It gave us another real powerful line." Richards collected two assists and Datsyuk scored a goal in last Saturday's 4-3 OT win against St. Louis. This could be a duo to watch out for if they can both stay healthy. Nov 24 - 10:22 AM

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Brad Richards (back) appears as though he will return to the lineup on Friday.

Coach Jeff Blashill said he practiced Richards "as if he were going to be in (the lineup)" and Richards feels like he is able to play. He skated on the wing with Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Pulkkinen. Richards is hoping to get the green light after Friday's morning skate.
Nov 20 - 8:11 AM

Brad Richards (back) thinks he's ready to return.

Richards still hasn't been cleared by the team's trainers, so nothing is set in stone. He hasn't played since Oct. 21 due to his back problems.
Nov 19 - 1:22 PM

Brad Richards (back) skated Tuesday but he isn't ready to return yet.

"I don't want to say day-to-day, because it's further than that, probably, right now," said coach Jeff Blashill. "But at least it's a step forward that he's able to skate today." Richards hasn't been in the lineup since Oct. 21.
Nov 10 - 2:49 PM

Brad Richards (back) is projected to miss one-to-two weeks with a back injury.

GM Ken Holland said Richards won't require surgery. It was an issue that had been bothering him for a while before he was moved to injured reserve.
Oct 26 - 6:51 PM

Brad Richards (back) will visit with a doctor this week.

It is hoped that the appointment will determine the extent of the ongoing discomfort he has been experiencing in his back. Richards was moved to injured reserve over the weekend.
Oct 26 - 10:44 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have placed Brad Richards (back) on short-term injured reserve.

The move was made to make room on the roster for Alexey Marchenko. It looks like the Wings will be without Mike Green and Kyle Quincey on Saturday so they needed to make a move to bring up another defenseman. Richards missed Detroit's last game because of the injury. The 35-year-old has two assists in six games this season.
Oct 24 - 2:01 PM

Brad Richards will require further testing to determine the severity of his back injury.

This is not good news. Originally it was thought that Richards' back issue was minor and the veteran pivot was listed as day-to-day. That is no longer the case. It seems that Richards' back problem may be considerably more significant and could keep him out for weeks. Reserve him immediately if you have not already done so.
Oct 24 - 11:07 AM

Brad Richards is dealing with a lower-body problem.

Richards will miss Friday's game as a result. He has two assists in six contests this season. Andersson will consequently draw into the lineup as the team's fourth-line center.
Oct 23 - 3:11 PM

Brad Richards isn't concerned that he has no goals and two assists in five games.

"It's a long season, lots of hockey to be played," Richards said. "Frustration doesn't do much good. Maybe 15 years ago you do that, but I've been through many five-game periods when you're not producing the way you want." He appeared to have some chemistry with Tomas Tatar during the preseason, but it hasn't carried over into the regular season. Tatar will be moved to a line with Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan, while Richards will center Darren Helm and Teemu Pulkkinen.
Oct 19 - 6:46 PM

Look for Brad Richards to get the chance to center Tomas Tatar this training camp.

Richards is still a strong playmaker and Tatar is a sniper. Looks like a promising coupling to us. Darren Helm, once he recovers from his concussion, stands a good chance of rounding out the line. Richards seems pumped about his opportunity to skate alongside the talented Tatar. "You see how well he played last year, how far he's come along, and he's a goal scorer and I like playing with those type of guys," Richard said. "I don't know him well yet. We'll keep talking and getting to know each other off the ice and that'll help, and on the ice, keep communicating." Although he is no longer a star, Richards is capable of registering 50 points this season if things break his way.
Sep 19 - 8:39 AM

Brad Richards will be wearing No. 17 next season.

Richards is used to wearing No. 91, but he won't be doing that in Detroit as the Red Wings might be retiring the number soon. It was previously worn by Sergei Fedorov, who is heading to the Hall of Fame. The other number Richards has worn in his career is No. 19, but of course that's not an option either as it was Steve Yzerman's number and has been retired.
Jul 10 - 8:45 AM

Brad Richards is projected to serve as Detroit's number two center in 2015-16.

That said, if Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) isn't ready by the start of the season, then Richards will be asked to help fill that void. Richards is still a solid center at the age of 35, but he's a borderline player in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 10:24 AM

Brad Richards has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Richards will earn a base salary of $3 million, but that can climb to $4 million after factoring in bonuses. He had 12 goals and 37 points in 76 contests in 2014-15. It's worth keeping an eye on him during training camp to see who he's playing with, but he's not likely to have much fantasy value in 2015-16.
Jul 1 - 5:30 PM

Even though he made only $2 million this past season, Brad Richards would love to return to Chicago in 2015-16.

Winning does that. However, it might not even be possible for the Blackhawks to pay Richards $2 million again, let alone any more. For his part, Richards had this to say about playing in Chicago this upcoming campaign: "I don't’ know. I know [Blackhawks general manager] Stan [Bowman] and my agent are probably going to have a discussion. I think before I do anything I'm always going to call in and check in to see if there's anything we can do here, just because it's such a special place now and winning. I also know how much work they got to do here in the couple weeks before July 1 and all the different stuff that has to go on." Stay tuned.
Jun 20 - 10:15 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Brad Richards
3Dylan Larkin
4Darren Helm
5Riley Sheahan
6Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Teemu Pulkkinen
4Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Johan Franzen
4Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Jakub Kindl
8Alexey Marchenko
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek