One of the biggest question marks heading into this offseason was 33-year old forward Brad Richards. After a sub-par 2013 shortened season where he performed below expectations, fans were under the impression that he was most certainly going to be bought out by the organization. Well, that wasn’t the case. Instead, the New York Rangers front office decided to keep Brad Richards, and see how he does throughout the upcoming year.
As he enters his third season with the team, all eyes will be on him. The weight of the world will rest on his shoulders. When he joined the team back in 2011-12, he turned in a spectacular performance with 66 points in all 82 games. What the Rangers have lacked over the past couple of years has been a true playoff scorer. Glen Sather thought he had that in Rick Nash, but his 1 goal in the entire 2013 postseason wasn’t too convincing.
Now, I pose a question to you. Can Richards lace up those skates and come in clutch? Can he become the gifted playoff performer that New York has been waiting for? With the 2013-14 campaign on the horizon, only time will tell if Richards is still stuck in his old ways.