Since the end of the 2008 season, superstar centre Brad Richards has wowed crowds throughout the Lone Star State with his puck moving ability and scoring touch.
Richards was traded at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars alongside goaltender Johan Holmqvist for a 4th round pick in 2009, centre Jeff Halpern, winger Jussi Jokinen and goalie Mike Smith. The transaction still stands today as one of the biggest trades in Stars history.
Fast forward to 2011 and things are very different in Dallas than they were four years ago. Missing the playoffs for two straight seasons under bench boss Mark Crawford led to Crawford's unceremonious departure in April.
Also, since the beginning the season, Stars owner Tom Hicks has been trying to sell the team to a revolving door of prospective buyers. The financial situation in Dallas is believed to be the leading cause of why Richards will spend next season out of the gold and green.
What kind of impact will this have on the Stars next season? Read on and find out why not resigning Brad Richards will kill the Dallas Stars.