To Brad Richards, 2020 is a lifetime away, so there's been no pondering whether he'll play all nine seasons of his new, front-loaded $60 million contract with the Rangers.

"I just turned 31 [on May 2], I'm not even thinking about nine years," Richards said Wednesday at the Madison Square Garden Training Center for a Garden of Dreams event, his first appearance since joining the team Saturday.

"My two best seasons have been my last two years," Richards said. "I'm going to try to keep building on that. Someday I can't play, I can't play. I've got to walk away. I don't consider turning 31 to be too old. I've got a lot of years left."

Richards will make $20 million in the first 12 months of the deal and $57 million over the first six seasons, so there will be little financial incentive to keep playing.

But that's not what drives Richards anyway.

Asked what John Tortorella, also his coach in Tampa Bay, told him about the transition to New York, Richards said, "The big thing, he said, is that winning here will be bigger than anything."