Brad Richards C CHI 2 weeks ago

Richards has been talking about coming back and possibly willing to taking a reduced salary for 2015-16, CSN Chicago reports.

Richards made $2 million this past season and is an unrestricted free agent. If he does want to come back, he probably would have to accept less than $2 million and possibly slighted above the NHL minimum depending on the new salary cap. Richards' numbers dropped steadily during the regular season where he only had eight points from February 1 to the end, and finished with 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games which is his worst output for a full season. A reason that the Blackhawks might bring him back is his playoff performance. Richards was stellar with three goals and 11 assists in 23 games including a pair of assists in the Stanley Cup Finals' clinching game.

Brad Richards C CHI 2 weeks ago

Richards assisted on both goals in Monday's Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Lightning.

Richards didn't have quite as strong a series as in the Western Conference Finals -- in which he maintained a point-per-game pace with seven points -- but he finished his third Stanley Cup Final with a goal and two assists. With just 37 points, the center turned in the lowest output in a full season in his career, and despite a solid postseason, it's unlikely he'll trend much higher as he approaches his age-35 season.

Brad Richards C CHI 1 month ago

Richards contributed two assists in Saturday's Game 7 win over the Ducks.

Richards was very productive in the Western Conference Final, recording a goal and six assists. The 35-year-old is now 8-0 in career Game 7's and is the first player in NHL history to win eight straight. With 11 points and a plus-3 rating in 17 playoff games, the second-liner is showing he's still got that offensive touch and can be a difference maker. Look for the veteran to make his presence felt in the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay.

Brad Richards C CHI 1 month ago

Richards assisted on Patrick Kane's game-tying power-play goal in Saturday's double-overtime victory over the Ducks in Game 4.

Richards has recorded a point in each game of the series thus far, giving the Blackhawks the offensive presence at the second-line center spot that was sorely missing during the past postseason. The 35-year-old submitted a mediocre regular season, but if he can remain productive for just a few more games, he'll be well worth the investment the Blackhawks made.

Brad Richards C CHI 1 month ago

Richards scored his second goal of the playoffs in Sunday's Game 1 loss to Anaheim.

A good start to the third round for Richards, who also fired three shots on goal. The 35-year-old now has five points and a plus-5 rating in 11 games this postseason. He's now scored 35 career NHL playoff goals and is continuing to find ways to produce points. He's no longer the elite offensive threat he once was, but Richards still has enough talent to be a difference maker.

Brad Richards C CHI 2 months ago

Richards factored into both Chicago goals in Game 5 against Nashville on Thursday, opening the scoring in the first period and then assisting on Kris Versteeg's third-period marker in a 5-2 loss.

The points were Richards' first of the playoffs, snapping a five-game drought that dated back to the last game of the regular season. He's playing enough minutes that it's not out of line to ask more of him in terms of offensive contributions. Unfortunately, after posting just 37 points in the regular season, Richards doesn't look like he's ever going to make a return to the glory days. He's just a depth contributor now.

Brad Richards C CHI 2 months ago

Richards (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Predators, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.

Richards has practiced fully the last three days after missing the Blackhawks' final three regular-season contests, which probably offers enough indication that he's ready to go. In his return to the Blackhawks' second line, Richards will be rejoined by Patrick Kane, who was cleared to play Thursday after missing about seven weeks due to a broken collarbone. Richards' production even when playing next to Kane earlier in the year was rather disappointing, so postseason expectations for the veteran center should probably still be tempered.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 months ago

Richards (upper body) returned to practice Monday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

The upper-body injury ended up costing Richards the final three games of the regular season, ending a disappointing campaign for the veteran center. While the ailment doesn't look as though it will jeopardize his availability Thursday for Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Predators, Richards won't represent the attractive target in playoff pools that his brand name would suggest. Despite playing alongside some of the best talent of his career, Richards recorded just 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 months ago

Richards (unspecified injury) will miss the Hawks' next three games.

The report suggests that Richards should be okay for the playoffs, but his regular season is done, with the veteran pivot having recored 12 goals and 37 points in 76 games. With Richards sidelined, Kyle Baun is set to make his NHL debut for the Hawks on Tuesday against the Wild.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 months ago

Richards assisted on Patrick Sharp's first-period goal in Friday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.

It's just the third point in last 10 games for Richards, who hasn't provided the impact the Blackhawks had hoped when they signed him to a one-year deal last summer. He's collected only 12 goals and 37 points over 75 games, putting him on track to finish with his lowest career production in a non-lockout year.