Various sources today report Brad Richards has signed a nine-year deal worth $6.5 million per season average salary with the New York Rangers.

**UPDATE** The salary is now reported at $60 million, with an average cap hit of $6.7 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deal is believed worth a total of $58.5 million, and Nick Kypreos reports it is heavily front-loaded, with Richards making $50 million in the first five years.  Ultimately, I’m not surprised that he chose the Rangers, and it is certainly a cap friendly deal for the Rangers, as there were some estimates he could go as high as $8 million per season. It remains to be seen how well he’ll mesh with Marian Gaborik on the Rangers first line, but if it goes as well as hoped, the Blueshirts will have significantly bolstered their offense.