It’s official: Brad Richards a Ranger


A conference call is scheduled for 4 p.m. We will live blog the call with Brad Richards, John Tortorella and Glen Sather.

I imagine Richards will go back to No. 19, though he might have to pay off his former Tampa Bay teammate Ruslan Fedotenko to get it. That leaves No. 91 open for that Steven Stamkos offer sheet. LOL.

Here’s the official announcement from the Rangers:


New York, July 2, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Brad Richards.

Richards, 31, is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship.  The 2011 NHL All-Star was also named the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner in 2004, for combining sportsmanship with a high standard of playing ability, and was nominated for the award again in 2010.  Among active players, Richards ranks seventh in the NHL in points per game over the last two years (1.11), 20th over his career (0.93) and 13th over his career in the playoffs (0.98).

Richards appeared in 72 games with the Dallas Stars last season, registering 28 goals and 49 assists for 77 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.  He established a career-high with 28 goals, including his 200th career NHL goal with the game-winner vs. Anaheim on November 16.  Richards led Dallas and ranked 10th in the NHL in scoring with 77 points, and he ranked second on the team and tied for 10th in the league with 49 assists.  He also led the Stars in shots on goal (272) for the second consecutive season.  By recording 28 goals and 77 points, Richards surpassed the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in his 10 NHL seasons, and eclipsed the 70-point plateau for the sixth time.  Richards was selected to his first career NHL All-Star Game on January 11, tallying one assist for Team Lidstrom in the contest.  He recorded his 700th career NHL point with a goal vs. Phoenix on February 9.  In addition, Richards led Dallas with 21 multi-point performances, including four, three-point efforts, and ended the regular season with a season-high, six-game point streak (three goals, five assists over the span).

In 2009-10, Richards ranked among the league leaders in several offensive categories, including second in power play points (40), tied for second in power play assists (27), fourth in assists (67), tied for sixth in multi-point performances (27), and seventh in points (91).  He led Dallas in points, assists, power play goals (13), multi-point games, and shots on goal (284), while establishing career-highs in power play goals and shots.  His 91 points also tied his career-high, originally set in 2005-06.  Richards recorded his 400th career NHL assist on November 21, 2009 vs. New Jersey, and skated in his 700th career NHL game in the season finale on April 10, 2010 at Minnesota.

The 6-0, 195-pounder has skated in 772 career regular season contests with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars, registering 220 goals and 496 assists for 716 points, along with 177 penalty minutes.  He has surpassed the 60-point plateau in all but one of his 10 NHL seasons, in 2008-09 when he recorded 48 points in 56 contests, and is one of only 19 active NHL players to eclipse 90 points at least twice.  In 2005-06, Richards established career-highs in assists (68), points (91), power play assists (39), power play points (46), and shorthanded goals (four).  He became the first player in NHL history to record five assists in his debut with a team, accomplishing the feat while skating in his first game with Dallas on February 28, 2008 vs. Chicago following his trade from Tampa Bay two days earlier.  Richards, who missed only two games in six seasons to begin his career, was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2000-01, after leading all NHL rookies in goals (21), assists (41) and points (62) in 82 games.  He made his NHL debut on October 6, 2000 vs. the Islanders, and recorded his first NHL point with a goal on October 8, 2000 vs. Vancouver.

In postseason competition, Richards has appeared in 63 career contests with the Lightning and Stars, registering 21 goals and 41 assists for 62 points, along with 36 penalty minutes.  He established playoff career-highs in 2004, tallying 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points, along with seven power play goals, seven game-winning goals, 88 shots on goal, and a plus-five rating in 23 games to capture the Stanley Cup Championship and Conn Smythe Trophy as league playoff MVP.  Richards led the league in playoff scoring that season, ranked second in assists and tied for second in goals, and his seven game-winning goals established an NHL record for a single playoff season.  In 2008, Richards tied an NHL playoff record by registering four points in a single period, tallying one goal and three assists in the third period of Game Two in Dallas’ Western Conference Semifinals matchup against San Jose on April 27.

Internationally, Richards has represented Canada in several tournaments, including as a member of Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.  He led Canada in scoring during the 2006 Olympics, registering four points (two goals, two assists) in six tournament contests.  Richards captured the gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, tallying one goal and three assists in six games.  In addition, Richards led Canada in scoring with six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games at the 2001 World Championship, and captured the bronze medal with Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championship.

The Murray Harbor, Prince Edward Island native was originally Tampa Bay’s third round choice, 64th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. “That leaves No. 91 open for that Steven Stamkos offer sheet. LOL.”

    We can only dream!

  2. is there absolutely any way that the Rangers can still get Stamkos? trade for his rights and then sign him? absolutely any way in this universe? yes i understand that will mean no Callahan or Dubinsky, just ANY miniscule way?

  3. RealKyper
    #NHL news Should be interesting 2 see if Stamkos takes 7.5M x 5 yrs that’s on the table for him by #Lightning or will he look for more?

  4. Dantherangerfan on

    If we could land stamkos at the expense of just dubi…..hmmm yaaaaa im in. both young stamkos is an elite player, well will be

  5. Olga Folkyerself on

    Only way we could get Stamkos is if Jessiman changes his name. Then Slats would sign him…

  6. Dantherangerfan on

    I heard stamkos is a no way but john stamos is available with minimal cap hit.

  7. absolutely NO WAY? what if duby and cally get signed and then we trade them to Tampa for the rights to Stamkos and imagine for a sec Stamkos wants to play for the NYR so bad, that he will sign a 5 million per year deal with us…will that work?

  8. Dantherangerfan on

    Feels good to be back havent posted in about a year…but im a daily reader of the blog and comments. Big pick up I have a good feeling with our moves. Anyone think there is one more decent move to be made through a trade after we secure our boys.

  9. Kings got 50-foot pole Gagne … who I think would be an elite player if he ever could stay on the ice for more than 10 seconds. Makes Gaborik look like Cal Ripken Jr.

  10. I have to say and I am not for this deal, the 6.6 cap hit isnt that bad…He better produce for at least 3 years…I see Hartfor…er…Connecticut on the horizon though!!

  11. How many years does Redden have left on his deal? The Whale may be one heck of team in a few years!

  12. Dantherangerfan on

    Thanks carp. The deal is long but we need a legit center. e havent had one in years. I thank him and gabby will work well. Who do u throw on with them though. Thats what i was talking about with trade. I could see sather on the phone now calling clubs looking for a winger for the 1st line. Maybe anisimov and one of our d prospects the other way?

  13. Leetch is the greatest on

    Richards was a 3rd round pick. guess Tampa did not have the Jessiman finder in ’98

  14. of course it’s not happening, im just trying to figure out if there is any remote possibility. do you think Torts wouldnt tell Sather to try and steal Stamkos away via offer sheet after the way Tampa helped us out last year? offer sheets are about mutual respect between teams, or at least that’s what i’ve come to see it as after reading Zipay’s tweets, so combining that with the respect Torts has for the Tampa organization, that would probably eliminate ANY chance of us getting Stamkos.

  15. I will “thank” richards and gabby if they work well together as well!! ; )

  16. Maybe Prust could have shown him how to suckit up a little! It’s just pain!

  17. OK, gonna be out of the loop for a while while I do the conference call live on a separate thread that will be constantly updated during the call.

  18. “We will live blog the call with Brad Richards, John Tortorella and Glen Sather.” Carp, does that mean we get to ask questions too?

  19. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Thank You BRich for freeing Carp from heading to Bailout ballpark so he can cover the conference call

  20. the Rangers have been very close to the Bruins over the past couple years. they have played them in tight games, and won their fair share of them. I see no reason that the Rangers can’t overtake the Bruins with the addition of Richards and the improvement of the kids . Now there are other teams that will be tough to beat as well, but the Rangers and Bruins are not that far apart

  21. maybe you should change the name of the blog to —

    Carp, the sarcastic SOB


  22. Everyone MUST take it to the next level…From Staal to Gabby to Dubinski and so on. Have to start geting into that top 4 level in the leastern conference…Star winning divisions and playoff series.

  23. Really nice to see an athlete that actually WANTS to come to NY, unlike that Carcillohead Lebron.

    Welcome Brad!!!

  24. Tough question Dan –

    I’m sure the hope is Richards and Gabby find some chemsitry
    I would love to see more of Dubinsky, Cally and Stepan or AA
    Prust – Boyle – Rupp
    I think the roster is still not set…does Kreider make it? Prospal coming back? Thomas? I’m not a fan of Avery’s never have been – does he make it?

    Lots of work to be done and questions to be answered!!

  25. Well he left money on the table so I’ll eat crow. Still Drury 2.0 as far as the overall contract goes.. Drury 2.0 and he’s going to wear Gomez’s old number. Ranger haters (and Brooksie) are going to have a field day for the next decade.

    Any how, Carp you have to find out if the deal breaker for B Rich was that he’s going to be within a half hour of Walter’s Hot Dogs. maybe i’ll start liking this deal if he’s a fan

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