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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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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

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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

Brad Richards picked up assists on both of Chicago's goals in their 2-0 Game 6 Stanley Cup-clinching victory on Monday.

It was Richards' second assist that will be on the highlight reel for a long, long time. Richards froze both goalie Ben Bishop and defender Jason Garrison as he stared down the net from the (his) left slot, before sending a perfect no-look pass over to Patrick Kane for the sealing tally late in the third. Richards finished the series with three points (one goal), and the postseason with three goals and 14 points over their 23 games. This is his second Stanley Cup, his first coming with Tampa Bay in 2004 over Calgary.
Jun 16 - 1:43 AM

Brad Richards called the Lightning "the tightest checking team we’ve played all year."

"They're not only tight-checking, they're quick," Richards said. "They have good sticks and get in your way. They keep pressuring and keep coming. I think we got caught up thinking it would be run and gun, and if we do that, we just feed them. We've got to be more patient than them." Chicago and Tampa Bay have been evenly matched so far in the Stanley Cup Final, with each team taking two games. All four contests have been decided by just a goal. We'll see if that trend continues on Saturday.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 12 - 10:20 AM

Brad Richards scored a goal in Chicago's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Richards was held off the scoresheet in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. He's been a solid contributor overall in the playoffs though with three goals and 12 points in 20 contests. It's a step up from the regular season when he had 12 goals and 37 points in 76 games.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 9 - 10:11 AM

Brad Richards appears to be quicker than he's been the past several seasons

Richards, 35, credits his rejuvenation to ridding himself of the expectations that come with a massive contract and refocusing his workouts. He turned to Martin St. Louis’ trainer Ben Prentiss. "Two years ago with everything that happened with the (playoff) scratch and everything, I had to turn every stone over and try to figure out ... if you don’t adapt in this league right now, it’s so fast, and Ben Prentiss was unbelievable in bringing me in and helping me get back on track, everything from diet and preparation and all that stuff … Now I feel as good as I have in probably 3-4 years."
Jun 6 - 8:21 PM

Even with all Brad Richards' accomplished, he said the Blackhawks' locker room was a tough one to walk into as a new addition.

"They've done so much winning and you try to find your role. They have so many offensive guys, not like the other teams I’ve played on where you get a lot of minutes on the power play or a lot of offensive minutes. It’s a lot more spread out here," Richards said. "It took a while to figure out where I could fit in." Richards didn't end up having the best of regular seasons, but he's been a contributor in the playoffs with two goals and 11 points in 17 contests. Richards won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and went all the way to the Cup Final last year with the New York Rangers.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 3 - 10:10 AM

Brad Richards will be facing off in the Stanely Cup final against a team he led to a Stanley Cup in 2004.

Richards played for the Lightning for eight years from 2000-2008 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in the playoffs in the Bolts' 2004 Cup season. Viewed as "washed up" by many hockey experts at the begining of the season, Richards has had a resurgence in Chicago where he centers the Hawks' second line. He will not doubt want to put on a good show against his original NHL organization.
May 31 - 11:06 AM

If the Chicago Blackhawks win in Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks, Brad Richards will join an exclusive club.

That would give him eight career wins in Game 7's, which would make him just the third person to hit that mark in NHL history. The other two are Ray Bourque and Glenn Anderson, so that's a pretty good group to be in.
May 30 - 1:23 PM

Brad Richards scored a goal in Chicago's 4-1 loss to Anaheim in Game One of the Western Conference Final.

With the Hawks trailing 2-0 in the second period, Richards stole the puck deep in Anaheim territory and he beat Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen to cut the deficit to 2-1. Unfortunately for Chicago, they were unable to get another puck by Andersen. The Blackhawks had plenty of quality scoring opportunities but they will need to put the puck in the net if they want to go back home for Game Three with a split in the series. Richards' goal was scored unassisted.
May 17 - 6:14 PM

Brad Richards opened the scoring in Game Five late in the first period on Thursday night.

It was definitely one goalie Pekke Rinne would want back, but it counts just the same as Richards beat Rinne through the five-hole on a soft angle. However, Nashville would storm back to win 5-2. It was Richards' first point of the postseason and he added an assist as well to give him 34 goals and 92 points for his playoff career over 123 games.
Apr 24 - 12:57 AM

Brad Richards skated between Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg at Monday's practice.

He missed the final three games of the regular season with an upper-body injury, but he's projected to suit up in Game 1 against Nashville. Richards didn't have a productive year, with 12 goals and 37 points in 76 games, but he could be a factor in the playoffs if he can click again with his linemates.
Apr 14 - 10:32 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
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
6Landon Ferraro
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Jakub Kindl
8Alexey Marchenko
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek