The Chicago Blackhawks have signed center Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks were in need of a second-line center. At this stage in his career, Richards could fill that role, though there will be some concern over his speed, which declined noticeably by the Stanley Cup Final. He’s still a good playmaker and should boost the Blackhawks power play.
It’s a very affordable move for the ‘Hawks. If it doesn’t pan out they’re not on the hook beyond 2014-15. With this move, however, the Blackhawks are over the cap ceiling by over $2.2 million, so they’ll have to dump some salary before October.