April 25, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) shoots to tie the game against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

POLL: Will Broadway Brad Bounce Back?

May 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) and New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) prepare to face off in the first period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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?

Will Brad Richards Have a Bounce Back Season?

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  • Centerman

    Of course Brad Richards will bounce back. Players slowly decline after age 30. They don’t just fall apart suddenly in one season. Richards had 11 points in the first 13 games of the season before that hit from Kalletta derailed his season. I don’t know if that’s why he had such an off year or if its because he worked so extensively on the new CBA. He did so at the expense of his off season training regement. This offseason he should be a man on a mission. He’s always been a big game player. A guy you want on the ice down a goal in the last 2 mins of the 3rd period. I think that’s the player we will this year.

  • Hautepolitics

    In this cap strapped time we live in it doesn’t matter if he bounces back.
    If he were to score 30 t0 40 goals this coming (13/14) season does that mean the Rangers are going to keep him beyond the13/14 season.
    The Rangers need cap space for 13/14 they need it for 14/15 and beyond.
    While players & management are hoping the cap will rise after 13/14 and beyond there’s no guantee it will rise and if it rises by how much.
    The Rangers are digging themselves a possible hole, cap space, injury, retirement and recapture wise. BTW, it could turn-out to be rather deep hole.
    Now i may be the only one on earth who believes what I’m about to say*, so here
    it goes; If MZA actually goes to an arbitration hearin on the 31st, then BR will either be bought out (compliance) soon thereafter or traded before the season begins. It does not make many economic or hockey sense to strap the team anymore than it is at the present moment.
    BTW, the Kovy departure wiil eventuall prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Devils …may take several years for them to see it.
    Oh yes, I’m a long-time Ranger fan
    * there are a few pro bloggers out there who think like I do..