Found July 03, 2014 on TopSportsReport:
#450457330 / General Manager Stan Bowman went into the first day of free agency with one very specific goal in mind: to fill the recently vacated position of second line center. He believes he has found the answer in Brad Richards. Recently bought out of his 9 year, $60 million contract by the Rangers, the Blackhawks were able to get him at a discount, signing him to a 1-year deal worth $2 million. Unfortunately, there is always a catch when a team is able to get a former 70+ point scorer on a $2 million contract. Richards has fallen on some tough times offensively. He is 3 years removed from his point-per-game pace that he achieved in Dallas. Some people may attribute his drop in scoring to switching teams and playing in the defensive system that the Rangers have been known for, but his production steadily decreased over the three years he has worn the New York sweater. Last season, he managed only 51 points throughout his 82 games as opposed to his first season with them, in which he scored 66 in 82. However, 50 points is not something to be taken lightly. He is still an offensive threat and it would be surprising not to see a boost in his numbers while on a line with much stronger wingers than he had in New York. Playing with Kane, Sharp, and/or Hossa should bring him back into the 60-point range. A possibly overlooked advantage of bringing Richards to Chicago is his postseason experience. His resume includes over 100 playoff games, two Stanley Cup Finals series, and winning the Conn Smythe in 2004. Richards also offers a leadership role to the relatively young group of forwards, having held an alternate captain position in New York. His 19 powerplay points last season, most scored on the Rangers, would also be a welcome sight for Chicago. They struggled to connect on their powerplay opportunities on the road in the playoffs, coming in at an anemic 7.7%. The addition of a strong puck mover like Richards could allow them to spread their talented group across both units on the man advantage. While his contract is remarkably small for a player of his caliber, it still puts pressure on the Blackhawks’ wallet.  With this contract putting them $2.2 million over the cap, a trade to open up space is imminent in the very near future.

Brad Richards Getting Something Special From Blackhawks

Posted to Chicago BlackhawksAccording to multiple reports, Brad Richards will wear #91 for the Chicago Blackhawks. He will be the first player to ever wear that number in the franchise’s 87 seasons. Brad Richards will wear #91 for the Blackhawks this season.— Blackhawks Die Hards (@BHawksDieHards) July 2, 2014 Brad Richards is the greatest #91 in Blackhawks history.— The Chicago...

Blackhawks, IceHogs Blue Lines Opening Options

The competition for ice time as a defenseman at any level of the Chicago Blackhawks organization will be fierce when the 2014-15 season begins. At the NHL level, the Chicago Blackhawks already have seven defensemen under contract for next season. … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks, IceHogs Blue Lines Opening Options appeared first on Committed Indians.

Blackhawks’ Practice Facility, Johnny’s IceHouse, Hit By Armed Robbery

Posted to Toews' TribeChicago, IL — A ice rink might be one of the last places you would expect to be robbed at gun point; however, that is exactly what happened at Johnny’s IceHouse located 2550 W. Madison Street. According to an eye witness, three members of the Detroit Diesel (hockey club) were robbed at the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice facility on Monday night. The...

Toews, Kane deals not likely until after weekend

Jonathan Toews let out a slight chuckle when he was asked recently if there was any scenario he could envision that ended with him not signing a contract extension with the Blackhawks. "Very doubtful," the captain said with a grin. The question still remains when and not if Toews and Patrick Kane will finalize deals that will make them Hawks for the long term. There...

Chicago Blackhawks add Richards, re-sign Regin

The Chicago Blackhawks may have a second-line center. The NHL’s first day of free agency included Chicago’s addition of center Brad Ricahrds, who was bought outby the New York Rangers. His one-year, $2-million deal is exactly what Chicago needed to address a glaring need while keeping their salary cap total close to the $69-million limit. Richards may not have been the best option...

Chicago Blackhawks Sign Defenseman from Swedish Hockey League

Posted to FlyingVAccording to reports, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year contract. Cumiskey has spent two years in the Swedish Hockey League with MODO, he played with the Avalanche from 2006 to 2011. “Cumiskey, 27, played in the NHL and AHL prior to leaving for Sweden. He played in 132 career NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche and had nine goals and...

Blackhawks Sign Kyle Cumiskey

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey. Cumiskey, 27, has played in 132 career regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche between 2006 and 2011, posting nine goals and 26 assists. Last season, Cumiskey played 45 … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Sign Kyle Cumiskey appeared first on Committed Indians.

Blackhawks sign Brad Richards

The Blackhawks signed Brad Richards to a one year, $2 million contract today. It’s a good move for Stan Bowman and the Hawks. For all the criticism Brad Richards received with the Rangers, he’s still a good hockey player. He can still produce at a 2.0 P/60 clip, which is certainly valuable in the NHL. He just wasn’t worth the cap hit the Rangers had him tied to. Richards will...

Blackhawks Sign Defenseman to One Year Deal

Posted to Gorilla Salad's Play LandThe Chicago Blackhawks made a minor move today signing 27 year old defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to a one year deal. Hawks make Kyle Cumiskey signing official. One-year deal. — Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) July 2, 2014 Blackhawks agree to terms with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey on a 1-year deal. He recorded 28 pts in 45 gms in Swedish Hockey League...

NY Rangers have void at center position after Brad Richards buyout and Brian Boyle free agency departure

The Rangers have lost five key contributors from last season's Eastern Conference championship team through trade, buyout or free agency, including two capable centers in Brad Richards and Brian Boyle, even if Boyle played left wing most of last season. The Blueshirts again will have Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore down the middle, once restricted free agent...

Blackhawks sign Brad Richards to one-year deal

After missing out on center Ryan Kesler in a potential trade, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed another veteran to play that position. According to a report from the Blackhawks have signed former Rangers center Brad Richards to a one-year deal. 2 Million dollars for 1 year for Brad Richards in Chicago. #SNSigningSeason — John […]

My kingdom for a center

When the music stopped on the NHL’s annual game of July 1 musical chairs, the Rangers were clearly left standing. Not only had they lost Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, Anton Stralman and Brad Richards, but they were also left with minimal cap space and a much smaller group of incoming players. The kicker to all […] The post My kingdom for a center appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.

Washington Capitals May Be Better Now, But Overinvestment Will Cost Them

Getty Images   By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG) Day one of the 2014 free agency period was absolute mayhem. As per usual, multiple free agents were offered ridiculous terms at unbelievable dollar figures. Others settled for more reasonable dollar figures and others, we are looking at you, Brad Richards, settled for startlingly low deals in an attempt to re-establish themselves as top...

Rangers’ Depth At Center May Be An Issue

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, The Rangers have lost five key contributors from last season's Eastern Conference championship team through trade, buyout or free agency, including two capable centers in Brad Richards and Brian Boyle, even if Boyle played left wing most of last season. The Blueshirts again will have Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Dominic...
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