As we all probably know by now, now officially an ex-Dallas Star Brad Richards has made his decision. Going to New York to play for the blue shirts, Richards reconnects with Tortorella who coached him in Tampa. He seems to relish the idea of performing for the next 9 years in Madison Square Garden as he was signed to a 60 million dollar contract.
“I think we came in initially with a very good offer, expressed our interest,” he said. “I talked with his agent, Pat Morris, and he knew we were serious about it. There is always tweaking and refining of every offer and every demand. It’s not an unusual to take a long time to do a deal of this magnitude and it took a long time.”
Richards has yet to sign such a large contract and the pros and cons that come with it,
“It’s going to be a challenge for sure,” he said. “It’s going to be something different. I haven’t experienced it, but if you want to be a good player or a great player that’s something you should relish. What better place to try to perform every night than Madison Square Garden. That’s a dream come true.”
The Rangers apparently took a lot into consideration when making the decision to offer him the contract, but it’s more a long the lines of, “Do we want one of the best players in the world on a offensively depressing team? Yes, stupid.” However, they did go to Richards and tell them what they needed from him.
“We outlined some of our needs when we met as an organization after we were knocked out in the first round and there were four or five main points we needed to fill,” Tortorella said. “We talked about an elite center iceman. We got that with Richie. We talked about a guy that runs a power play. We got that with Richie.”
“But, one thing that goes a little unnoticed and I think is maybe more important than the first two is the mentoring of some of our young guys. We’re still learning how to win in the playoffs. Richie has done that. Just teaching kids to be a pro, I think that’s going to be very important. He certainly fits the bill there.”
The good news for Stars fans is we won’t see him very often. The bad news is we won’t see him very often, I guess? Either way, this is now officially no longer the Brad Richards-era in Dallas. Will the depth signings made yesterday be able to make up for the offense we’ve lost?