As surprising as this sounds, according to ESPN insider, the Red Wings are interested in signing Richards to a short-term contract.
Ideally they would like to structure it in a way similar to Marian Hossa a couple of years ago: nice money in a one-year deal.
The ability to sign Richards is due to Brian Rafalski's retirement with one year and $6 million dollars left on his contract. Since he signed the contract before he turned 35, the number will not count against the cap.
Assuming this rumor is true, it seems the Wings think there D is fine with Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart and hopefully Nicklas Lidstrom. I think that sounds fine, too.
Imagine Pavel Dastyuk together with Richards, two of the biggest wizards in the league. It would be a pleasure to watch.