Red Wings player profile: Brad Richards

Born: May 2nd, 1980 in Muarry Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Size: 6’0″, 198 Ibs

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Drafted: 3rd round (64th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft

 

Richards’ career so far:  

Brad Richards was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998 and made it to the NHL by 2000, and hasn’t looked back since. Richards was named to the all-rookie team during his rookie season and would become a solid member of a rising Lightning team. Richards had a playoff campaign for the ages during the 2003-2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He recorded 12 goals, 14 assists, and 26 points, winning the Conn Smythe and leading the Lightning to their first and only Stanley Cup Championship to date. Richards would remain with the team until he was traded to the Dallas Stars at the 2008 trade deadline. In his four years in Dallas, Richards would go on to score 70 goals, 157 assists, and 227 points. After the 2010-2011 season Richards became a free agent and signed with the New York Rangers and spent three seasons in the Big Apple, scoring 56 goals 95 assists and 151 points. Last season Richards joined the Chicago Blackhawks and was a solid addition for his age, scoring 12 goals, 25 assists and 37 points along with helping the Hawks win the Cup against his former team (Lightning).

 

Richard’s future with the Detroit Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings signed Richards on July 1st, 2015 to a 1-year $3 million deal worth up to $4 million with post-season bonuses. With Stephen Weiss now out of Detroit, Richards will more than likely take the vacant spot at center on the second line. Although his age is creeping up on him and his production is slipping slightly, he can do some damage for the team especially come playoff time. He is a proven veteran that will surely add leadership to a young team, and will add depth to an already deep talent pool. If all goes well, Richards could very well end his career in Detroit, and that is something we should all hope for.

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