Blackhawks Sign Brad Richards
Thursday Jul 03, 2014 12:00am
(CHICAGO) - Veteran center Brad Richards has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks after being bought out by the New York Rangers last week. The one-year deal is worth $2 million, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. The 34 year old center was a key part of the Rangers' surprising run to the Stanley Cup finals this spring, acting as the de facto captain for the Blueshirts despite the uncertainty of his future in New York. Richards, who had the remaining six years of a nine-year, $60 million contract with New York bought out to free up needed cap space, now joins a strong Blackhawks team that has been looking for help down the middle. The Blackhawks, who were just one goal shy of making it to the Stanley Cup finals themselves after losing in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the eventual champion Log Angeles Kings, who have been searching for a center to add via trade or free agency. Richards is expected to fill the Blackhawks' need for a second-line center and play alongside wings Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks have rotated second-line centers in the past few seasons. Richards finished with 20 goals and 51 points for the Rangers this season, his 10th NHL season in which he has posted 20 goals or more.