Brad Richards
C FA
1 year ago

Richards will retire from the NHL it was announced Wednesday after a 15-year career that included two Stanley Cup championships.

EDGE Analysis

Richards was selected by Tampa Bay 64th overall in the 1998 NHL Draft after three seasons in the QMJHL where he averaged 144 points per year. The center would remain with the Lightning through the 07-08 season and helping them lift Lord Stanley's Cup in 2004 on his way to winning the Lady Byng and Conn Smythe trophies for sportsmanship and postseason MVP respectively. After several successful season with the Stars and Rangers, the 36-year-old once again ended the year on top as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks 2014-15 championship while tallying 37 points in 76 games. All told, Richards ends his career with 298 goals and 634 helpers during the regular season and adding another 37 markers and 68 assists during the playoffs.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards will not be re-signed by the Red Wings, allowing him to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer, The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richards was rather ineffective with the Red Wings this past season, as he picked up a career-low, 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) through 68 regular-season contests. Richards turned 36 years old earlier this month, so one has to wonder whether he'll go through the process of seeking out his fourth team in as many years or hang up his skates and call it a career.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards, a pending unrestricted free agent, is not likely to return to the Red Wings next season with retirement also a possibility, MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richards has 15 years of service time in the NHL, having played for three teams in the last three years. He has a lot to think about since Tampa Bay ousted Detroit in the first round of the playoffs. "Going to go get away and relax for a bit," Richards said. "Three teams in three years, a lot of hockey, so I think mentally I think I need to just go recharge the batteries. Richards is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, having reached the Promised Land with the Lightning (2004) and the Blackhawks (2015). Unfortunately, his 2015-16 campaign arguably was among the worst of his career as battled through a back injury and only produced 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 68 games.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards netted his eighth goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Richards has given Detroit about what they expected from the 14-year veteran this season in occasional scoring from the third line. He actually has been more productive on the power play this season, with 10 points compared to seven last season, but his overall production is down. His days as a great fantasy option are over, but Richards' veteran presence adds some intangibles to the Red Wings' lineup.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards assisted on a pair of power-play goals in Sunday's win over the Bruins.

EDGE Analysis

Richards bagged the two points Sunday, but he also finished the contest with a minus-2 rating. The 35-year-old's most productive days are clearly behind him, as he sits on just 18 points on the season, but he does provide a steadying presence on a Wings squad in the thick of the playoff race.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards tallied a pair of assists in Saturday's 5-1 rout of the Islanders.

EDGE Analysis

Father Time has not been kind to the 11-time 60-plus point center, as these were just his 14th and 15th points in 38 games this season. Still, Richards provides a winning pedigree and a ton of experience to a Red Wings squad ripe with young talent -- something that is sure to come in handy should Detroit muscle their way into the postseason come April.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards scored his fifth goal of the season in a 4-2 victory against the Islanders on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Ricahrds snapped a seven-game scoreless streak with the goal. The center's production has waned over the last couple seasons, and he's on pace for the least points of his career this year. That being said, he's not relied upon as heavily in Detroit, and is there to provide a steady second-line presence rather than light up the scoreboard.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards will miss Friday's game in Buffalo following the passing of his grandfather, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Khan adds that Richards will play Saturday against the Ducks, a home game that precedes three straight games on the road. It's not clear who will take his spot in the lineup Friday, but it appears that a call-up will be made since there are only 11 forwards available and currently no extra defensemen that could temporarily assume a forward role.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards assisted on Dylan Larkin's breakaway goal to aid Detroit in a 1-0 victory against New Jersey on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The pass was a beauty that resulted in the only scoring in the game. Richards got off to a bit of a slow start this season but does have seven points in his last 11 games. He's upped his total to 12 points in 27 contests on the year.

Brad Richards
C FA
2 years ago

Richards was unable to get on the scoresheet, despite launching six shots on net against the Wild on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Richards saw his three game point streak come to an end Monday. Peppering opposing goaltenders, the 35-year-old has 29 shots on goal in his last seven outings, recording two goals and three assists in the process. St. Louis will be next to face the center's onslaught of shots on Tuesday.