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Richards might be the biggest name on the block, and believe me, it's not because the Stars want to trade him. After all, Richards is leading the team in points and assists, and is just a goal behind Brenden Morrow for the team lead in that category as well.
Plus, at just 30 years old, the center is fully capable of having another five or six productive years, and teams don't like giving that up.
So why is Richards up for grabs for teams like Montreal and the New York Rangers, both of whom could use a top-shelf offensive forward?
Because he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Dallas fears it won't be able to re-sign him. So better to trade him now and get some stellar young prospects back than to lose him for free come summer, right?
There's a very good chance the Stars sit on Richards and hope he likes playing in Dallas, but at this point, there are serious offers on the table from the Rangers and Habs, as well as other teams looking to get the kind of player who never pops up on the trade radar. Stay tuned on this one, for sure.