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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%: 60/30 | Average Draft Position: 155.15
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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

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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.

9/30/2014

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Brad Richards

Chicago's Richards Seeing Time On No. 2 Power Play

News: Brad Richards has been quarterbacking the Blackhawks' second power-play unit the last two days of practice, CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers reports.
Analysis: Assuming coach Joel Quenneville proceeds with the arrangement once the regular season starts, Brad Richards will effectively replace defenseman Nick Leddy as the point man on the second unit. While Richards won't have the luxury of working with stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the power play, the Blackhawks are still flush with other talent at forward, which should create plenty of scoring opportunities.

7/1/2014

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Brad Richards

Blackhawks Sign Richards To One-Year Deal

News: Brad Richards signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: The 34-year-old Brad Richards saw his numbers fall off a cliff with the Rangers last season, as the former point-per-game scorer notched just 51 in 82 contests, eventually falling outside a top-six role toward the end of the season. Though clearly on the downside of his career, he'll join a stacked Blackhawks forward corps that should provide him with a wealth of scoring opportunities. However, he'll more than likely have to content with a dropoff in minutes with his new team, as the Blackhawks intend to work Marcus Kruger and promising youngster Teuvo Teravainen into their center mix.

6/27/2014

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Brad Richards

Isles' Have Been In Touch With Richards

News: The Islanders have been in touch with Brad Richards, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: Although Brad Richards would seem to be a declining player, the Isles may be checking in to see if he would come a little cheaper than normal after being bought out by the Rangers. Richards' biggest value to the team could be as a veteran presence should he decide he'd rather not relocate this offseason.

6/20/2014

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Brad Richards

Rangers Buy Out Richards

News: Brad Richards' contract has been bought out by the Rangers, ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Rangers will buy out the six remaining years on the nine-year, $60 million deal Brad Richards signed in 2011. Under the current CBA, teams are given two special buyout provisions that do not count toward the salary cap, and Richards accounts for the Rangers' second buyout after the team used one on defenseman Wade Redden in 2013. The 34-year-old Richards will hit free agency after recording 51 points and playing in all 82 games this season.

6/16/2014

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Brad Richards

Rangers' Richards Declines to Address Media

News: Brad Richards did not officially address the media on the team breakup day, reports Andrew Gross of The Record.
Analysis: Brad Richards is by far the team's biggest offseason business. With the Rangers likely to buy out the six years remaining on his $60 million contract and the smell of the team's Stanley Cup finals failure in the air, Richards naturally has a lot on his mind.

6/14/2014

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Brad Richards

Richards Finds Scoresheet In Rangers' Loss

News: Brad Richards notched a power-play assist on Chris Kreider's second-period goal in Friday's season-ending Game 5 loss to the Kings, his first point in six games this postseason and just his third assist since the end of the first round.
Analysis: There has been much discussion as to whether Brad Richards will be an amnesty buyout candidate in the coming weeks, but the veteran playmaker of the Rangers didn't deliver much from his role as the team's point man on their top power-play unit, notching a modest six points in 18 games following a six-points-in seven-games effort against Philadelphia in the first round. Richards is in the twilight of his career, but he did earn the series-clinching goal against Pittsburgh in the second round despite finishing the playoffs with no goals and two assists in the final 10 games. He saw his ice time cut on occasion and will be a hot topic in the coming weeks.

6/12/2014

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Brad Richards

Rangers' Richards Sees Reduced Role In Game 4

News: Brad Richards saw his ice time diminish to 13:20 in Wednesday's Game 4 victory over the Kings.
Analysis: With head coach Alain Vigneault looking to shake things up and stave off elimination, Brad Richards spent most of a quiet evening centering the fourth line. Although Moore (eight points) and Richards (11 points) have made comparable offensive contributions in the playoffs, including two game-winning goals each, Moore has been much more reliable in the face-off circle and generally more visible on the ice this postseason. With an amnesty buyout possibly in Richards' future, there's no telling how a change like this could impact his long-term fantasy value.

5/27/2014

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Brad Richards

Rangers' Richards Registers Game-Winning Assist

News: Brad Richards registered an assist in Sunday's 3-2 overtime defeat of Montreal.
Analysis: Although it was not the primary assist, the helper is certainly one of the biggest assists of the postseason, coming on Martin St. Louis' overtime game-winning goal. The assist snaps a modest two-game drought and gives Brad Richards 11 total points in 18 playoff games this season.

5/18/2014

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Brad Richards

Rangers' Richards Quietly Having Solid Post Season

News: Brad Richards found the back of the net in a 7-2 dismantling of Montreal in Game 1 on Saturday.
Analysis: Despite a three-game lull in which the veteran center did not register a point against Pittsburgh, Brad Richards has quietly put together a nice post season, having tallied 10 points (five goals) in 15 playoff games.