Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) warms up before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Richards, Could Lightning Strike Twice

Yesterday the New York Rangers bought out Brad Richards, but his journey to the unemployment line could be short-lived. There is a chance that the Tampa Bay Lightning attempt to sign Richards. If lightning strikes twice, Tampa Bay may just make a run at the Stanley Cup.

It’s completely too early to guess if the Lightning and Richards could reunite, and as reported by Pro Hockey Talk at least Richards camp is open to the possibility. Richard has a lot to

prove to himself as well as any team that take a chance on him. Coming off a huge let down with the Rangers Brad Richards may be forced to think about signing a bridge deal. I’d guess a three-year contract would be fair, with a cap number somewhere around $6.25 million.

The Lightning are a young up and coming teams, with very high hopes adding experience to their roster could prove to be a great move; however going back to the same well twice doesn’t pay off often. Adding to the mystery is the number of top players hitting the free agency and trade market, Richards is just another name in the handful of players looking for a new home.

There is little question that Richards will have a job come the 2014-2015 NHL season, but until his name is on the dotted line any guess as to what team he plays with is purely speculation.



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  • Kara

    I know there has got to be a wonderful feeling of nostalgia to have a TB SC winner back in the organization. I wasn’t even a fan of hockey back then so I (unfortunately) can’t say I will feel exactly that if he was to return. It’s been a few years since then and he is not the exact same player as when he left, although there’s no doubt that he’s still very good. But would that be good enough to not offset what Yzerman has built so far? TB is swimming in talent at the center, and they have proven they belong on this team. We also have at least two more prospects waiting in the wings to bust out in the NHL – Namestnikov and Drouin. Either way, bringing Richards back means to displace someone already earning their keep at much LESS money. Yzerman has been building a younger, fast team – would Richards fit into that along with his hefty paycheck. To me – no.