The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year contract worth $2 million.
Richards was bought out by the Rangers after he scored 20 goals with 31 assists (51 points) in 82 regular season games. Richards has 12 points (5G / 7A) in 25 postseason games and he heads to a Chicago team with a ton of talent. He will likely centre the second line which will have playing with Patrick Kane. Should that be the case, his fantasy value should rise and another 50-plus point season seems very attainable.
Richards still has no goals in the past 14 games and just two on the season, but the Rangers (9-8-2) need him to snap back into form as a playmaker for this grueling stretch of five games in eight days.
The Richards - Nash combo is still bound to produce at some point this season so if you are looking for buy-low candidates down the stretch, Richards should be high on your shortlist.
Cooke took Richards down hard in the Rangers’ zone at 8:23 of the period, with Richards also looking like he hit his head on the ice as he fell. Richards came back for the next shift but wound up playing just 2:38 in the third period.
Richards is arguably the team's most important player and his absence from the lineup would be a big blow. Couple that with his past history of concussions and the star center may miss some playing time.