The New York Rangers have signed Brad Richard$ to a big contract.
Clearly, the Rangers’ front office decided that Brad Richards was indeed worth the risk. The immediate benefits to this Rangers team are obvious. Richards has scored at least 20 goals in 9 of his 10 NHL seasons. He has posted at least 25 power play points in 8 of his 10 seasons. He will fit an immediate need both in the #1 center slot, and quarterbacking the power play. He has a Stanley Cup ring and a Conn Smythe trophy to his credit, from his days with current Rangers’ coach John Tortorella.
The contract he signed is a nine year contract worth $58.5 million. The deal takes him until he turns, avoiding the ‘Kovalchuk’-rule cap restrictions that come with contracts that take a player past 40 years of age.