Among the reasons the star centre and top unrestricted free agent on the market chose the New York Rangers this summer was the fact he'd be playing in Manhattan.

Funny thing is almost a month into the 2011-12 NHL campaign, Brad Richards has yet to actually suit up in New York.

The Rangers started the regular season in Stockholm, Sweden, and then hit the road for a five-game road swing that started in Long Island, drifted through Western Canada — including Thursday night's matchup with the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome — and ends Monday in Winnipeg before they finally get a six-game home stand at Madison Square Garden.