Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/11/12
One year into a massive nine-year contract is a pretty small sample size to determine if the signing of Brad Richards was a win or loss for the New York Rangers. Though Richards’ production (25 goals, 41 assists) was a bit disappointing from a numbers standpoint, he still had a massive impact on the Blueshirts this season.  It’s too early to make any concrete judgments on his tenure in New York, but we’ve already learned a good amount about Richards’ impact on the franchise. Richards fits like a glove in this city and on this team.  There were countless reports this season of Richards tutoring Michael Del Zotto and Richards was consistently credited for being a terrific teammate and positive locker room influence.  The Rangers are an extremely young team with very little postseason experience and Richards’ value as a guiding hand and an example for the baby Blueshirts can’t be overstated. He’s about as clutch as it gets.  Chris Drury came to New York with a reputation for being on...
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