Chicago Blackhawks: Top 5 Recent Free Agent Signings

By Brian Kinkade
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Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center

Brad Richards

(91) celebrates during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

3. Brad Richards

After having his blockbuster contract bought out by the New York Rangers following the 2013-14 season, it was hard to predict where Brad Richards‘ career would go next. He was a free agent and was being paid to be one after not even coming close to living up to expectations in New York.

Richards was given a shot from Stan Bowman when he signed with the ’Hawks at the bargain price of $2 million for one season. He was signed knowing that his best offensive days were behind him, but also knowing that his offensive mindset and veteran know-how could make him the ’Hawks’ long-awaited answer at the second-line center position.

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It worked out beautifully, as he helped spark Patrick Kane to the best season of his career, before the latter’s injury. Kane returned for the playoffs and played great again, while Richards scored a few clutch goals en route to becoming part of the 2015 Stanley Cup champion team.

Richards’ one-year contract was up after the title run, and he recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings, having earned a raise for his quality play in Chicago.

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