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Brad Richards is really the prize of this free agent class. Many people thought that he might end up being the prize of the trade deadline, but nothing ever materialized from that.
Richards has a great resume. He has a Stanley Cup Championship and a Conn Smythe to go with it. He's topped 90 points a couple of times in his career, and has the potential to do it every year. He's a great set-up man that can quarterback a power play with lethal efficiency. And, at age 30, Richards still has several productive years left in the NHL.
He's coming off of a concussion, but seemed as if he had that same magic touch that has made him such a coveted player.
Dallas is definitely going to have to unload salary, as they only have about $7 million worth of cap space. It's possible that they could re-sign him, though it seemed Dallas was ready to trade him at a moment's notice. Could be interesting.
Richards is at the end of a five year contract that paid him close to $7.8 million dollars a year. It wouldn't be terribly surprising if he get a similar deal with the next team that signs him, as a bidding war for his services may commence.
Whoever does sign him will have to have a decent amount of cap space already free to bring him in.
Possible Destinations (or places that might be able to afford his salary): Phoenix, Colorado, Dallas, Atlanta, maybe even St. Louis.