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91 Brad Richards C
Height/Weight: 6-0/196 | Birthdate: 5/2/1980 | Birthplace: Murray Harbour, P.E.I., Canada | Team: Chicago Blackhawks | College: None | NHL Experience: 13 | Salary: $12,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 46/19 | Average Draft Position: 155.15
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4/23/2015

Brad Richards, C, CHI

Brad Richards

Richards Gets Two Points As 'Hawks Lose Game 5

News: Brad Richards factored into both Chicago goals in Game 5 against Nashville on Thursday, opening the scoring in the first period and then assisting on Kris Versteeg's third-period marker in a 5-2 loss.
Analysis: The points were Brad Richards' first of the playoffs, snapping a five-game drought that dated back to the last game of the regular season. He's playing enough minutes that it's not out of line to ask more of him in terms of offensive contributions. Unfortunately, after posting just 37 points in the regular season, Richards doesn't look like he's ever going to make a return to the glory days. He's just a depth contributor now.

4/15/2015

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Brad Richards

Blackhawks' Richards Should Be Back In Wednesday

News: Brad Richards (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Predators, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.
Analysis: Brad Richards has practiced fully the last three days after missing the Blackhawks' final three regular-season contests, which probably offers enough indication that he's ready to go. In his return to the Blackhawks' second line, Richards will be rejoined by Patrick Kane, who was cleared to play Thursday after missing about seven weeks due to a broken collarbone. Richards' production even when playing next to Kane earlier in the year was rather disappointing, so postseason expectations for the veteran center should probably still be tempered.

4/14/2015

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Brad Richards

Blackhawks' Richards Returns To Practice

News: Brad Richards (upper body) returned to practice Monday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: The upper-body injury ended up costing Brad Richards the final three games of the regular season, ending a disappointing campaign for the veteran center. While the ailment doesn't look as though it will jeopardize his availability Thursday for Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Predators, Richards won't represent the attractive target in playoff pools that his brand name would suggest. Despite playing alongside some of the best talent of his career, Richards recorded just 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games this year.

4/7/2015

Brad Richards, C, CHI Hawks' Richards To Miss Next Three Games

Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards To Miss Next Three Games

News: Brad Richards will miss the Blackhawks' final three regular-season games with an upper-body injury, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville said that Brad Richards should be okay for the playoffs, but his regular season is done, with the veteran pivot having recorded 12 goals and 37 points in 76 games. With Richards sidelined, Kyle Baun is set to make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Wild.

4/4/2015

Brad Richards, C, CHI Hawks' Richards Assists In Win

Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Assists In Win

News: Brad Richards assisted on Patrick Sharp's first-period goal in Friday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
Analysis: It's just the third point in last 10 games for Brad Richards, who hasn't provided the impact the Blackhawks had hoped when they signed him to a one-year deal last summer. He's collected only 12 goals and 37 points over 75 games, putting him on track to finish with his lowest career production in a non-lockout year.

3/19/2015

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Scores In Win

News: Brad Richards recorded the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Brad Richards found the back of the net midway through the third period against his old team, and that was all that 'Hawks goalie Scott Darling would need to seal up the victory. His production had been fading fast for about a month, but Richards has been much more effective since Chicago acquired Antoine Vermette at the trade deadline. The veteran pivot now has three points in his last four games, as his move to the third line has allowed him to feast against opponents' third pairings.

3/13/2015

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Ends Drought, Reaches Milestone

News: Brad Richards registered his 900th career point while also breaking a goal drought with a third-period game-winner against Arizona on Thursday.
Analysis: Brad Richards had not scored a goal since January 11, one of the longest power shortages in his long career. Unless he goes on a tear in the final 30 days of the season, Richards will have one of his worst goal productions. With Thursday's goal, he has 10 on the season after registering 20 goals last season.

2/25/2015

Brad Richards, C, CHI Points Drying Up For Hawks' Richards

Brad Richards

Points Drying Up For Hawks' Richards

News: Brad Richards tallied an assist in Tuesday's shootout win over the Panthers, marking just his third point in the month of February.
Analysis: Brought in during the offseason to solidify the second-line center spot for the Blackhawks, Brad Richards hasn't taken as well to the role as the team anticipated. He's endured multiple lengthy scoring dry spells and has contributed nine goals and 23 assists in 58 games, which would put him on track to fall below the 50-point mark for just the second full season of his career. With linemate Patrick Kane (upper body) likely to miss the rest of the season, Richards' chances of picking up his scoring production don't figure to be strong.

2/7/2015

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Tallies Assist In Win

News: Brad Richards collected an assist in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over the Jets.
Analysis: Month-to-month inconsistency has marred Brad Richards' season thus far, as he's delivered double-digit point totals in both November and January but registered only seven points combined in October and December. Friday's outing will allow him to get off to a good start in February, but it's tough to trust him outside of mid-sized or deeper leagues at this juncture.

1/21/2015

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Chips In Two Helpers

News: Brad Richards contributed two assists and a plus-2 rating to the cause in Tuesday's 6-1 rout of Arizona.
Analysis: He'd gone minus-3 without a point over the last two games, so this is a nice bounce back for Brad Richards, whose scoring has been highly inconsistent lately. It's been multi-point effort or bust for him over the last nine games, as he's been held off the scoresheet five times, but has a combined nine points in the other four contests.

1/11/2015

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Tallies Two Points

News: Brad Richards scored and added an assist in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Wild.
Analysis: Brad Richards hasn't had his best season, but he's been getting on the scoresheet more consistently of late as he's picked up eight points in his last seven games. The 34-year-old is on pace for right around 50 points, so he represents a good option in deeper formats.

1/8/2015

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Brad Richards

Richards Notches Three Assists For 'Hawks

News: Brad Richards handed out a trio of helpers in Thursday's win over the Wild -- one on a power play, one at even strength and one on an empty-netter.
Analysis: A nice effort by Brad Richards, who's picked up five points in the last three games after netting just a single point in the prior nine. Offense has come in fits and starts for the grizzled vet, whose fantasy utility is best confined to deeper formats.

1/5/2015

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Scores Eighth Goal

News: Brad Richards scored his eighth goal of the season, had an assist, and fired four shots on goal in Sunday's win over Dallas.
Analysis: Brad Richards now has 21 points in 36 games, to go with an impressive plus-10 rating. The second-line center has two goals in three games since returning from an upper-body injury, recording 10 shots on goal in that span. The former Ranger should land in the 45-50 point range this season, making him a dependable option in deeper formats.

12/30/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Gets Goal In Return

News: Brad Richards (upper body) nabbed a goal in his return to the lineup Monday versus the Predators.
Analysis: Brad Richards had missed the previous three games with the injury, but came through for the Blackhawks on Monday, getting the team on the board to overcome a 3-0 deficit. In spite of his successes in his return to the lineup, Richards will continue to notice a significant downgrade in ice time with the Blackhawks compared to what he noticed a year earlier. Don't expect the production he provides to match his brand name.

12/29/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards (Upper Body) Will Play Monday

News: Brad Richards (upper body) will play Monday against the Predators, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Brad Richards participated in the Blackhawks' practice Sunday, skating on the second line with Kris Versteeg and Patrick Kane. Over 33 games this season, Richards has tallied six goals and 12 assists with a plus-9 rating. It will be interesting to see what the Blackhawks decide to do with the lines Monday when Richards returns, but Patrick Sharp was not among the top six forwards Sunday, making him the likely candidate for demotion.

12/28/2014

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Brad Richards

Chicago's Richards To Sit Again Saturday

News: Brad Richards (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Avalanche, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Brad Richards didn't travel with the team to Colorado, but should start skating on his own back in Chicago at some point over the weekend. Coach Joel Quenneville seemed optimistic that Richards -- who will miss his third straight game -- would be available for Monday's match with Nashville, but he'll first need to partake with the team at morning skate before that materializes.

12/23/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Improving, Will Miss Tuesday

News: Brad Richards (upper body) is improving and skated in the morning, but will miss Tuesday night's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Brad Richards also missed Sunday's victory over the Maple Leafs, but because he was at least able to resume skating Tuesday, it appears that he should be ready to go immediately out of the Christmas break. The center has six goals and 12 assists in 32 games, trailing the pace that led him to an already-disappointing 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games with the Rangers last season.

12/21/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards (Upper Body) To Miss Sunday Night

News: Brad Richards will not be in the lineup on Sunday night against Toronto with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day, CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: There is no word when Brad Richards suffered the injury as it was not apparent in Saturday night's loss to Columbus. Richards has six goals and 12 assists in 32 games and is behind last season's totals of 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games with the Rangers.

12/4/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Has Points In Three Straight

News: Brad Richards notched an assist Wednesday night against the Blues, stretching his point streak to three games, in which he's accumulated three goals and two assists.
Analysis: After taking almost the first two months to get adjusted to his new team in Chicago, Brad Richards appears to have settled in on the second line with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg. Even with the slow start, Richards could match his numbers with the Rangers last year -- 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 games.

11/29/2014

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Brad Richards

Richards' Two Goals Paces Blackhawks To Win

News: Brad Richards scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 win over the Kings on Saturday.
Analysis: Brad Richards now has four points in his past two games and establishing some chemistry with winger Kris Versteeg. Though Richards is still struggling in the faceoff dot, Richards has provided some depth scoring for Chicago, who are still without Patrick Sharp. Richards now has 16 points in 24 games this season. While he's no longer an elite center, he can still provide a little bit of offense.

11/28/2014

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Brad Richards

Blackhawks' Richards Nets Two Points In Win

News: Brad Richards scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's win over Anaheim.
Analysis: Brad Richards is now up to four goals and 14 points in 23 games, to go with a plus-5 rating. Playing on the second line alongside Patrick Kane, Richards should continue producing at a decent pace. His 90-point days are over, but he could still be a 50-point guy on a high-scoring Chicago team.

11/16/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Has Memorable 1,000th NHL Game

News: Brad Richards picked up two assists and had five shots on goal in his 1,000th NHL game Sunday against Dallas.
Analysis: Brad Richards has put up some nice production of late, tallying two goals and six points in his last six games. Currently centering the second line and playing on the top power-play unit, there is no reason the former Ranger can't continue to produce. He's starting to find a home in the Windy City.

11/2/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Nabs First Goal In Defeat

News: Brad Richards tallied his first goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Brad Richards has scored four of his five points on the season over the last five games, but that hasn't changed the fact that he's been a disappointment to date. He was expected to challenge for the second-line center role in training camp, but it appears the Blackhawks have settled on Andrew Shaw at that spot for the time being.

10/22/2014

Brad Richards, C, CHI Hawks' Richards Registers First Point For New Team

Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Registers First Point For New Team

News: Brad Richards registered an assist Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Flyers, giving him his first point as a member of the Blackhawks.
Analysis: The Blackhawks are simply looking for Brad Richards to perform on par with what he contributed last season for the Rangers -- somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 goals and 50 points for a full season. More importantly, Richards will be tasked with filling out the third-line center spot the team struggled to generate production from in the last year's postseason.

10/6/2014

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Brad Richards

Hawks' Richards Centering Third Line

News: Brad Richards is expected to start the season as the Blackhawks' third line center, CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: While it may not sound like good news at fist, the move doesn't really hurt Brad Richards' fantasy projections. He'll still be playing alongside talented wingers in Kris Versteeg and Bryan Bickell, and should get a chance to face much softer competition than he did as a top line center last season in New York. Also, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has shown a tendency to use his third line as another scoring line, rather than a checking line like most coaches. If the Hawks can consistently match Richards' unit up against opponents' bottom defensive pairings, his fantasy production could benefit.