The question that is on everyone’s mind besides “where’s the cap space?” is “will Brad Richards bounce back?”
A question that many Ranger fans, including myself are wondering.
After a seemingly excellent 2011-2012 season, and a dramatic goal for the ages against Washington during the playoffs, Brad followed up a solid season with one of his worst statistical seasons in the NHL.
Better yet, it was his worst season as a player. Many remember the Patrick Kaleta hit on Brad that knocked him out for a few games, and the subsequent suspension to Kaleta (5 games was just the right amount), yet when Brad returned to the lineup he was a shell of his former self.
Wasn’t skating, was indecisive, unsure about cutting in to make hard plays. This wasn’t the player we signed for. After a surprise benching of Richards during games 4 and 5 in their series against Boston many felt that this was the final chapter for Brad on Broadway.
But, boy were we wrong.
In what many expect to be his final season on Broadway, Brad hopes to bounce back, and prove that he is an elite player still in today’s NHL game. But has the ship sailed for him?
We now bring it to you the fans, will Brad bounce back?