TWEET: Brad Richards On Being A Ranger

Darren Dreger also says that Richards will likely wear #19 for the Rangers again.

Update: 4:38PM:

Gord Miller tweets that the contract breaks down as $12 million, $12 million, $9 million, $8.5 million, $8.5 million, $7 million, $1 million, $1 million, $1 million.

Update: 6:20PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the deal has a no-move clause throughout.

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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.

330 comments
snostorm
snostorm

The Islanders at Barclays is an experiment that will not work. This is not an original six NYC teaam. The vast majority of the fanbase is fanned out on Long Island. Anyone claiming that Long island can not support an NHL franchise in this day is drinking the Wang Koolaid. 


The arena itself is horrid for hockey. 14500?  And there are those that say it will be upwards of 16000?  how many are obstructed seats? After everything this team and its fanbase has been through moving to this ridiculous hockey configuration is an insult to the legacy of this once proud franchise. Its amazing to me that the league lets this happen.  It cheapens the brand. 


They have NO plans to change the configuration. The damn coliseum is better and thats saying something. The black halls ,cologne, and overpriced food, and state of the art jumbotron (off centered)  isnt gonna make up for the fact that in the largest market in the world you have the smallest have assed hockey arena in the league. We deserve better. The Islanders deserve better. 


If you want to have a positive attitude about the prospects of the islanders new home good for you. But insulting those that take exception to this travesty in light of the facts surrounding this move marginalizes your opinion and makes you look like a complete moron.

tag1
tag1

Francesa just said there are tickets available for the Nets playoff game in bklyn, I'd be worried if I were the Isles because basketball rules in the city and if the Nets have trouble selling Playoff tickets imagine what that means for a hockey team there.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

there are four top teams in the east.  bos, nyr, pitt and i guess mont.  the question is, how do the islanders stack up against everybody else?

orange2327
orange2327

How come wang hasnt been on fatsos show he usually shows up for a fluff interview??

rmreturns
rmreturns

Since Wang gets a check independent of attendance, your comment is irrelevant. But you keep on putting up these posts, because it's comedy gold.

Maybe you could write about total seat numbers and sight lines too. They don't factor into the payment Wang receives, but it keeps your post count up.

orange2327
orange2327

Maybe if they give out free rolling paper and those god awful buttered rolls from the bodega they would sellout.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@tag1 I am not sure you can talk as fellow Islander fan Since ISlanders.. 1) arent in the playoffs again 2) Nassau didnt always sell out playoff games...see 1993 playoffs, since I know you are living in the past anyway

Chris R
Chris R

@gleichzahl  with a goalie another top d-man a high profile goal scorer a new owner a new gm and a new coach..I would think they'd stack up against everyone real well....wishful thinking ..

tag1
tag1

@orange2327 He doesn't need to push his LHP anymore that's why.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns Did you and DP find his Olympic Gold Medal yet. I read in the paper one of the guys from the 1980 team is selling his maybe you can get DP to buy it so you would be right about him having that gold medal Winchester. BTW what channel are the Isles playoff games on I can't seem to find them and they must be in the playoffs since you predicted they would win a series this year.

tag1
tag1

@orange2327 JZ used to deal drugs in the projects in bklyn maybe he could revive his old career there.

tag1
tag1

@David Rosenthal @tag1 Hot bklyn can't sell out a playoff game? The Isles sold out all their playoff games last season in Nassau Davey.

orange2327
orange2327

Theres no way snow can or will address all those needs this off season imo.

orange2327
orange2327

The islanders lack too many things to compete with those eastern conf teams even though none of them are world beaters.

tag1
tag1

@Don22 @tag1 There's a pretty funny Somers story when Milbury was GM he was going to announce the signing of some scrub or had some minor announcement  so Somers goes on the air and announces that the Isles have a big announcement coming in a hour or so then after that the Isles get flooded with calls, I think Botta told this story. Shows how long the Isles have been a joke around here.

Don22
Don22

@tag1 Yes, and Icelanders and Mausoleum was funny the first 1000 times, but not anymore.

tag1
tag1

@Don22   Somers does but his show is more shtick than anything else.

tag1
tag1

@orange2327 Russo did updates on Imus once in a while back then, one day Imus got him to give out his home phone number on the air one of my friends was listening and got it, he used to call his apt and talk to him once in a while before he changed his number and he called him after that overtime goal and Russo told him "I'm watching the knicks right now" my friend told him f the knicks.

Don22
Don22

@tag1 @orange2327It's sad that none of the local sports radio guys talk hockey.  LaGreca is the only one that wants to, but nobody will let him.  They always say that it's because nobody wants to hear about it, but I don't think that's accurate.  I think it's more about them not liking the sport so they don't care to talk about it.  I think if they at least talked about it a bit each day they would get interest in it.  


orange2327
orange2327

@tag1 what channel?? The history channel.

orange2327
orange2327

Yep russo actually likes hockey I remember when the isles beat pittsburgh in 1993 chris did an entire saturday show on it.

tag1
tag1

@orange2327 I hear you, back in the day when him and Russo just started out I used to call them and complain all the time. Russo was a bigger hockey fan than Francesa. 


Francesa is having Bettman on later.

orange2327
orange2327

What annoys me about him is that he completely alienates an entire section of sports fans in the tri state area. He would rather talk about the mets backup infielder in their AAA team than any hockey at all.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns Points that are made go right over your head and you spin them to what you want them to be. What channel was that for the Isles playoff game?

rmreturns
rmreturns

Orange and tag- you kids go back to struggling with the lease agreement, mocking hipsters, and fat Francessa. I just enjoyed popping in and laughing at all your irrelevant comments that illuminate how little you understand the Barclays agreement.

As if Wang cares how many seats are sold at an NBA playoff game. Yeah, that's on point like seat counts and sight lines in the "basketball gym".

orange2327
orange2327

Mike never ever talks hockey from sept to april. Except for work stoppages

tag1
tag1

@orange2327 He likes playoff hockey and goes to some games but I bet even he knows that DP doesn't have a Olympic gold medal.

orange2327
orange2327

Cause eddie o is a horse guy like mike is.

orange2327
orange2327

Francesa who hates hockey usually sneaks wang on for one of those I have no idea what im talking about interviews.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns You are the biggest joke on here posting that DP has a Olympic gold medal, that is PRICELESS.


When the deal was announced I said the owner took care of himself and screwed the fans, unlike you I am more concerned with the fans then the owner, I don't need to lie when I debate a moron like you Winchester.

rmreturns
rmreturns

Tag- that is your new position. Look at you rewriting the history of your opinion. No worries, we both know better.

What, you were worried about seat counts in Brooklyn vs NVMC for the fans- seats not getting sold in the basketball gym because of poor sight lines for the fans.

Your just flat out lying- but that's okay. We both know your lying, and that will bother you every time you see " rm returns". You made a mistake, now your covering it with a lie. Man up son, admit your mistake. No one will care. Oh your cred with the clown posse will take a hit, if your worried about such a thing. But until you do, i am laughing....

rmreturns
rmreturns

Hey orange.. Great point. You too should go back to hipsters and heads. Because that definitely has an impact on what Wang gets paid to play in Barclays.

Even at this point, the degree to which you crazy kids fail to understand the Barclays agreement is staggering.

"You got 99 problems, and intelligence is one."

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns I said this was a good deal for the owner and a horrible deal for the LI fan, I don't need to count seats because I don't care if the owner makes money or not like you do as far as I'm concerned wang deserves to lose every penny he does and then some for anointing his newly retired backup goalie GM.

rmreturns
rmreturns

Oh, look at Tag going to the well. What happen to Winchester?

Hey, that definitely has an impact on what Wang will be paid for playing in Barclays. You done counting seats yet, or you gonna dazzle us a bit more with your interpretation of the Barclays lease agreement.

I'm just sad today, because I had seats to game 5 of the lightening/Habs series.. Tragic really.

orange2327
orange2327

Charles emerson the 3rd strikes again.

orange2327
orange2327

@rmreturns irrelevant is what the isles are under wang.

tag1
tag1

@rmreturns Then go read something else skippy, sorry one of your hero's was a drug dealer but it's true.

rmreturns
rmreturns

I am enjoying the battle of irrelevant points.

Is there a more important point then how JZ grew up, in connection to revenue paid to Wang for playing in Barclays?

orange2327
orange2327

Na hipsters grow their own stuff. Meth labs hemp farms pot gardens.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@Don22 @David Rosenthal@tag1Don, well then where was the huge movement to keep them in Nassau or move to Suffolk, there wasnt any. Where was the lifestyle which needed to be protected of only driving to games..there was no huge outcry...and if there are more people like you then their shouldve been....thousands & thousands of Long Islanders take the train every day/night..you have to adapt..those Ranger fans you say are used to LIRR..they flood the coliseum every year via car...what about the Leafs, flyers and etc fans who flood the coliseum...they adapt to different forms of transportation...are Islander fans as a whole the only group that cannot adapt> I ask this not sarcastically at all, please understand that..i just want to understand...I can drive OR take train to Citi, Yankee Stadium or Meadowlands, i grew up taking the subway everywhere, I had to adapt to driving alot more on LI, but i did it...thousands of LI fans drive to the Bronx to see the Yankees, or take the train/drive to Meadowlands for football...why can Yankee/Jets/Giants fans make the same trek..even Citi is a drive for Suffolk Met fans...You might be right about season tickets, that I agree on, it would be tough to do every game...on a game by game basis...but stand in and around Penn Station by the LIRR youll see PLENTY of Ranger fans on the trains every game....they might not be the same fans every night but they are there in huge numbers...in theory alot of the lost season tix $$$ from Suffolk will be made up by corporate tickets/suites..but as I said many times, after Year 2 its the product that will matter...if you build it they will come...you build a good team, people will come to see them

Don22
Don22

@David Rosenthal @tag1David - you are pretty off base in saying that if Rangers fans can do it, Isles fans can too.  In theory, yes you are right.  But let's remember that is all Rangers fans have ever known.  If they wanted to go to a Rangers game they have always taken the LIRR.  Not only that, I would be willing to bet that very few Rangers fans on LI are season ticket holders.


Now you are asking an Islanders fan base that has driven to games for over 40 years to start taking (and spending the money) the LIRR.  Many fans probably don't even ride the LIRR often to begin with.  


I don't blame LI fans for being ticked.  Yes, it's better than Kansas City, but that doesn't mean it's a great thing for fans who go to the games.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @David RosenthalSlapshot, what line are you on? I am talking individual games, at no point did i say season tickets, that would no doubt be difficult for every game...are you a season ticket holder? what time were you getting home after the game?...sorry i saw you said babylon I meant to ask TAG what line he is on

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@tag1 Shouldve gotten more of your friends to vote, or get more involved. Ignoring all the Isles fans that head for the exits earlier, coliseum empties out fast with a few min left, but not surprised...Season tickets will be tough, I didnt address that, i addressed individual games, at no point did I say season tickets would be easy I specifically addressed individual games..i was addressing the complaint that getting home before midnight was preferred. You should be happy, at least they didnt move to another state, you can make the commute that thousands and thousands of your neighbors do every day if you want to see them that bad, just like the Ranger fans from Suffolk do...again how come they can do it, and  you cant...oh yeah "I dont wanna ride the LIRR cause I dont wanna be like a Ranger fan"

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@David Rosenthal @slapshot18_rs  actually i more than likely would not make it home before midnight if the game ends at 945-10. 


and you're initial comment was that its a 10 minute difference. its a SIGNIFICANT difference in travel time.  since i have to be up early for work every day, i will not be going to weekday cames at BC, whereas i constantly did at NVMC.  im not complaining, but to say its an easy transition for everyone is silly. 

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @David RosenthalBabylon. you will get hope before midnight, you or someone was complaining about not getting home  before midnight...youll be home before midnight even with game going to SO...I said for ME the commute wasnt a big difference, for you guys I said you would be home before midnight..game goes to SO you are home around 1130 if you live in babylon....at the end of the line..with more trains you will be home earlier

tag1
tag1

@David Rosenthal   Everyone fudges attendance figures, LAME excuse. If the Nets and the bklyn market was so hot that game would have been a instant sellout. Imagine what their attendance would be if they sucked?

Do you realize how many ranger fans are forced to leave games early because they don't want to miss their train? Like I said I don't want to be a slave to the LIRR schedule, I like taking my car and when I drive taking 4 people to the game costs me $12 in parking taking 4 people round trip on the LIRR costs close to $100 dollars. Imagine doing that with season tickets? The difference between paying $12 a game for parking compared to $100 a game for the LIRR for 41 regular season games. HUGE difference, but hey us Long Islanders should be happy with this move, right Davey?

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@David Rosenthal  babylon...please compute the difference between taking the train to atlantic terminal versus driving to the coliseum.  ill give you a hint, its a significant difference. 

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@tag1 @David RosenthalLets see what the attendance figures are when its game time....we both know Wang fudges attendance figures, though since i was there last year, yes I know the home games were sellouts...how come they didnt sell out the games in first round of 1993? You are stuck back then so let me know
..still waiting on  your LIRR line so we can compute your train time