Brad Richards RUMORS & NEWS

  • Veteran Brad Richards has yet to find his niche with Blackhawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Brad Richards is a highly accomplished hockey player. He’s won a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s been an All-Star. He’s been one of the highest-paid players in hockey. But a month into his Blackhawks career, the 34-year-old Richards is almost like a rookie — trying to get his..." October 30

  • Blackhawks: Brad Richards emerging as power-play point option

    CSN Chicago "Marian Hossa returned to practice and Brad Richards once again quarterbacked the second power-play unit as the Chicago Blackhawks continued their training-camp work on Tuesday. The Blackhawks have two preseason games remaining, including Wednesday night’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens...." October 01

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    Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith

    Agent for @BRichards_1991 says veteran would "certainly respond positively to interest from Tampa." Unclear, however, if Richards is a fit

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Brad Richards has been bought out by the New York Rangers, source says

  • Seven centers who could move this summer – and where they’ll end up

    The Hockey News "It’s an unusual year for centers. When you build a team these days, this is a position you really need to be strong in. The Kings are deep down the middle, just as the Hawks were when they won and the Bruins in 2011. It’s a key spot on the depth chart, so when you get a good center, you tend to..." June 19

  • Rangers grapple with messy decision on Brad Richards

    New York Post "On the day the Kings traipsed the Stanley Cup around Los Angeles for their championship parade, Brad Richards went to the Rangers practice facility and was the first player to meet his coach for an exit interview. The Blueshirts and Richards are in the midst of what is very likely is the middle..." June 18

  • Game 5 loss is likely Richards’ farewell to Rangers

    New York Post "Brad Richards sat in a chair in the middle of the dressing room, pushed from his locker by the hordes of media and likely pushed from his time with the Rangers. The thrilling 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Kings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals gave Los Angeles its second championship in..." June 14

  • Slumping Brad Richards demoted to fourth-line duty

    New York Post "This has to feel eerily similar for Brad Richards, the Rangers veteran center who is again going through a difficult stretch of play at the most important time of the year. Richards was demoted to the fourth line for the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on..." June 12

  • Struggling Richards may be reaching end of Rangers career

    New York Post "It was hard to watch for the second straight game, Brad Richards struggling to help his Rangers, struggling to contribute offensively and making some glaring defensive gaffes. The result was the Rangers losing to the Kings, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night at the..." June 10

  • Everyone’s deflecting, but the Brad Richards buyout still looms

    Pro Hockey Talk "At the Rangers’ availability during Stanley Cup media day, the topic of Brad Richards‘ contract status was unavoidable. “I’ve thought about it a lot,” Rangers GM Glen Sather said when asked about Richards’ future in New York. “But it’s not something that we’re thinking about right now. We’re..." June 03

  • Rangers’ Richards thrilled to be back at center

    New York Post "Brad Richards cut the question off before it even could be finished, adamant about how much more he likes playing center than wing. “I feel way better there,” Richards told The Post after Friday’s practice, as the team prepares for Saturday night’s game against the Hurricanes at the Garden. “I..." November 02

  • Brad Richards finding scoring touch

    New York Post "Here was the revelation for Brad Richards the Rangers alternate captain hesitant to say the wrong thing after a loss but knowing the truth of the situation was clear to all that have been watching. “I feel good” Richards said on Saturday night in the Scottrade Center locker room minutes after a..." October 14

  • Losing relationship with Richards ‘kills’ Tortorella

    New York Post "John Tortorella and Brad Richards won a Stanley Cup together with the Lightning but their time together with the Rangers ended with the star center benched. Tortorella told TSN the deterioration of that relationship was the only regret he had from his time with the Rangers which ended in his..." October 03

  • Brad Richards getting a look as winger on Rangers' top line

    CBSSports.com "Over the summer the Rangers had a lot of deliberating to do about the future of Brad Richards and the prospect of using an amnesty buyout to get out from under his contract. GM Glen Sather elected not to go that route and instead hung on to Richards. Now he's playing on the Rangers' top..." September 30

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    Pat Leonard @NYDNRangers

    #NYR announce they will not be using their second compliance buyout this offseason. So Richards stays for now

  • Richards in dark on Rangers future

    New York Post "Brad Richards does not know his fate for next season. “I would love to be back but I haven’t been told anything,” Richards, who faces the possibility of becoming an amnesty buyout, told The Post in an email yesterday. “That’s the truth.” There had been a report on Twitter that the..." June 25

  • Brad Richards Wants To Return To Rangers

    ESPN New York "After a dreadful postseason that has stirred talk that the New York Rangers will cut him loose, Brad Richards, the NHL's second-highest-paid player at $12 million this season, says he is still hoping to return to Broadway in the fall. "I signed here to be a Ranger a lot longer than a year and a..." May 30

  • Richards’ $ituation key to offseason business

    New York Post "The feeling coming from Brad Richards was utter frustration, and the idea that he purveyed during yesterday’s breakup day for the Rangers is he needs a brand new start. So now the question is if that start is in New York, or if Richards is off playing somewhere else next season should the..." May 28

  • Potential contract buyout looms for Rangers’ Brad Richards

    The Globe and Mail "Brad Richards would like to continue his career with the New York Rangers. That decision was his two summers ago, but now it is out of his hands. The former star centre joined his Rangers teammates on Monday in cleaning out their lockers following a disappointing five-game loss to the Boston..." May 28

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    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

    #NYR No Brad Richards for Rangers, so appears he will be scratched for second straight game

  • Fired-up Tortorella defends Brad Richards, his decision

    New York Post "The bad news came with an early-morning phone call, as it often does. When Brad Richards picked it up Thursday, the voice he heard was that of his coach, John Tortorella, telling him for the first time in his postseason career he would be a healthy scratch. That’s what he was last night at..." May 24

  • Rangers' Richards deserved the hook

    New York Post "Brad Richards left his coach no choice. Which, when it comes right down to it, is just as well, because any time the Rangers have gone on the power play in the playoffs, John Tortorella has chosen to use Richards, regardless of how dysfunctional the center’s game had become. In that regard,..." May 23

  • Brad Richards will be healthy scratch tonight

    TSN.ca "Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch tonight as the New York Rangers try to stave off elimination in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins. Richards told reporters after Thursday's morning skate that head coach John Tortorella told him over the phone earlier..." May 23

  • Ron MacLean: Brad Richards deserved better from Tortorella

    CBC Sports "Brad Richards sits out tonight. I'm his friend, so of course no one in New York could get a fair hearing from me. But for the record, here's my take. In 2011, Brad chose to sign with the Rangers against the advice of his agency. They certainly did not argue against New York, but they had laid..." May 23

  • Richards adjusts to new role on fourth line

    New York Post "Brad Richards is used to this situation, preparing for his 16th career playoff series, but he is not familiar with the position he has been placed in. Or more accurately, the position Rangers coach John Tortorella was practically forced to put him in. For the past two games, Richards has been..." May 16

  • Ladd, Richards, Couture named 'Three Stars' of week

    NHL.com "Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd, New York Rangers center Brad Richards and San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 21. Ladd led the NHL with eight points and six assists in three games to help the Jets pick up five out of a..." April 22

  • Brad Richards now goal-oriented

    New York Post "There was 14:41 remaining in the third period Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C., with the Rangers holding a 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes, when Brad Richards found himself standing alone at the right post and the puck sliding toward him. Richards wound up, one-timed it, and backup goalie Justin..." April 08

  • Rangers reunite Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash, and Brad Richards

    Bergen Record "The main news nugget out of this morning’s skate before the Rangers try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight against the Hurricanes is that Marian Gaborik skated on the right wing with center Brad Richards and Rick Nash. That trio started seven games together starting with the Rangers’..." March 18

  • Brad Richards "fortunate"

    Bergen Record "Brad Richards missed his second straight game Thursday night after being cross checked from behind by Patrick Kaleta in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres, which earned Kaleta a five-game suspension. Richards said he is not dealing with a concussion or long-term absence, though he does..." March 08

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    New York Rangers @

    Brad Richards returns to #NYR lineup tonight...Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal..scratches not announced..

  • Brad Richards resting neck and back but is not dealing with concussion symptoms

    New York Daily News "Brad Richards did not skate at Nassau Coliseum Thursday morning and will miss his second straight game when the Rangers take on the Islanders at 7 p.m., but Richards did deliver the good news that he is not dealing with a concussion from the Patrick Kaleta hit Sunday night. “It’s not a..." March 07

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    Andrew Gross @

    Brad Richards says no timetable for a return but just soreness no concussion. Says it's not long term. Feels fortunate.

  • Ranger notes: Brad Richards update

    Bergen Record "C Brad Richards participated briefly in the Rangers' optional morning skate but was unable to play Tuesday night. Richards is "banged up," per coach John Tortorella, after being cross-checked into the boards Sunday by the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta. The NHL suspended Kaleta five games. "Around..." March 06

  • Brad Richards on the ice for morning skate

    Bergen Record "In a good sign for Brad Richards’ availability for tonight’s game against the Flyers, beyond the fact that the Rangers did not recall an extra forward from Connecticut (AHL), the center is on the ice for yet another very well-attended morning optional skate. LW Arron Asham (back) and G Henrik..." March 05

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    Andrew Gross @

    NYR confirm Brad Richards is out tonight. Micheal Haley will be in the lineup, Lundqvist in goal.

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    Steve Zipay @

    Brad Richards skating this morning in regular jersey

  • Brad Richards questionable, Haley recalled from Whale

    Bergen Record "Brad Richards left the ice early in today’s optional skate and, shortly afterwards, the Rangers recalled ex-Islanders tough guy Micheal Haley from Connecticut (AHL). So it would be fair to infer that Richards will be a game-time decision, at best. Richards did not speak with the media as he..." March 05

  • Kaleta hit on Richards could become rally big deal

    New York Post "Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s disciplinarian, decided to punish Sabres’ repeat mugger Patrick Kaleta over the phone, suspending him for five games yesterday with no requirement for a face-to-face meeting. Kaleta’s third career suspension (among many other similar incidents) was a result of his..." March 05

  • Brad Richards Buyout: Is It Possible?

    Blueshirt Banter "tried to stay away from this line of thinking, even though Brad Richards has clearly struggled so far this season. But both Larry Brooks and Rick Carpiniello have discussed the possibility the past two days, and I do think it's a subject that should at least be touched upon. The fact of the..." February 25

  • Rangers bench Richards in shootout loss to Isles

    New York Post "Of all the concerns about the Rangers, among them their inability to find the defensive lockdown game that identified the club last season, the most disturbing is the diminished play of Brad Richards, who had such a difficult time last night he was benched for all but one shift in the third period..." February 15

  • Bruins enjoy challenge of Richards, Gaborik, Nash line

    CSN New England "They haven't come up with a catchy name in New York like Legion of Doom or the French Connection quite yet, but pairing together Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik for Wednesday night's showdown with the Bruins was certainly worthy of a statement. The line combined for three goals all..." January 24

  • Rangers' Richards set to go

    New York Post "The ice was empty, the locker room, too, when Brad Richards walked in front of his stall. "Obviously it was the wrong day to come back," the Rangers center joked, just before skating on his own, after missing the first three days of training camp with the flu. Richards' return Wednesday came..." January 17

  • Brad Richards to pose nude for ESPN Magazine's "Body Issue"

    Pro Hockey Talk "Following in the naked footsteps of Ryan Kesler and Zdeno Chara, New York Rangers star Brad Richards is this year's NHL representative for ESPN The Magazine's eye-catching "Body Issue." (There's an Olivia Munn joke in there somewhere, but we're far too dignified to make it.) Richards is among..." June 28

  • Richards, Gaborik lament lost opportunity

    New York Post "There was his chance, sitting open at the left circle, waiting for the puck, and when it came, Brad Richards fired it quickly only to watch it get swallowed up in Martin Brodeur's stacked pads. It was the third period of the last game of the Rangers season, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference..." May 27

  • Imagine Brad Richards in a Flames or Stars jersey

    Calgary Sun "It's spring in Canada. Or, as it's better known in this hockey-crazed country, second-guessing season. With the Calgary Flames fighting for their playoff lives in the NHL's Western Conference, chances are you're hearing a lot of what-ifs around the office water-cooler. What if they didn't..." March 27

  • Richards: Goalie the globe's best

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist is a three-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. There were no questions or prodding necessary coming into this season to determine whether he was elite. As Lundqvist's spectacular seventh season for the Rangers continues — his latest gem an NHL-leading..." February 16

  • Richards scores OT winner, rips hit on Fedotenko

    New York Post "Brad Richards not only delivered the play of the night, scoring on a gorgeous Artem Anisimov feed at 2:37 of overtime to lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Lightning at the Garden, the Big Moment Kid also delivered the thought of the night in assessing Dominic Moore's brutal shoulder to..." February 10

  • Tortorella waits for Richards to explode

    New York Post "The Rangers often talk about their identity. Coach John Tortorella has helped craft a team whose consistency stems from defense, physicality and hustle. The success is undeniable. The style is endearing. But prized free-agent signing Brad Richards still is having issues figuring out how best to..." February 09

  • Rangers' Richards blanked again in shootout

    New York Post "For the sixth time in six shootouts, the Rangers called on Brad Richards out of the two-hole. For the sixth time in six shootouts, Richards, who came to New York this season with an estimable 25-for-60 mark (41.67 percent) in the skills competition, failed. "It's definitely in my head a..." February 01

  • Brad Richards not surprised by Stars' success

    Dallas Morning News "Brad Richards is happy in his new home and happy with his decision this summer to leave the Stars. That doesn't mean he didn't like Dallas, it's just that the Stars weren't offering what the Rangers were -- and that doesn't just mean a nine-year contract worth $60 million. "Where they were..." December 14