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It’s been a busy week for Brad Richards. On Tuesday he was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars along with Johan Holmqvist for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern, Jussi Jokinen and a fourth-round pick in 2009. Last night he played in his first game for the Stars and made it a memorable one by becoming the first player in NHL history to record five assists in his first game with a team as Dallas defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7 to 4.
Today, Richards participated in an NHL teleconference and below is the transcript of that Q&A with various members of the media.
from the Dallas Morning News,
As debuts go, Brad Richards’ was, well, perfect.
The Dallas Stars’ blockbuster trade deadline acquisition tied the franchise record – and set a personal best – for assists in a game, recording five to help lead the Stars to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at a sold-out American Airlines Center.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have done that,” Richards joked when asked about elevated expectations.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Tampa Bay general manager called Brad Richards on Tuesday morning to tell the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner he had been traded to Dallas. Feaster, Richards and Richards’ agent, Pat Morris, had been talking about the potential move for days, so the news was hardly surprising. Still, Feaster had to hang up the phone.
“I phoned Brad and I couldn’t finish the conversation. I broke down and I couldn’t finish talking to him,” Feaster told ESPN.com a day after he sent Richards to Dallas along with backup netminder Johan Holmqvist for goalie Mike Smith, forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round pick.
“It was the weirdest day of my life,” Richards told ESPN.com shortly after his first practice with the Stars.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Tippett added that Richards could strike up a fast chemistry with Hagman and Miettinen, who are having career seasons with 22 and 13 goals, respectively. And, Tippett said, that will allow Modano to continue to play with Steve Ott and Jere Lehtinen on a checking line that has had great success during a run in which the Stars have won 12 of 14 games.
“When he applies himself as a strong two-way player, he’s as good as there is,” Tippett said of Modano.
from Gil LeBreton of the Star-Telegram,
Doug Armstrong, fired from the GM job last November, searched in vain for nearly six years to find the Stars an impact scoring forward.
And the Ambassador of Fun finds one in three months?
Stars fans should be delirious. To get Richards, as well as backup goaltender Johan Holmqvist, Hull and Jackson had only to relinquish goalie Mike Smith, winger Jussi Jokinen and center Jeff Halpern.
NHL pundits are calling it the hockey equivalent of the lopsided Lakers-Grizzlies Pau Gasol trade
According to Sportsnet television, Brad Richards has been traded to the Dallas Stars. TSN is reporting that it is not a done deal—it’s awaiting Richards approval.
Update 11:46am ET: TSN,
After much speculation, the Tampa Bay Lightning have finally traded one of their ‘Big Three’ forwards, sending centre Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars.
Richards, who makes $7.8 million a season through the 2010-11 camapaign, waived his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. He signed a five-year, $39 million contract in 2006, with his average annual salary more than twice the $3.4 million he made in his previous deal.
Update 11:53am ET: Trade also includes Johan Holmqvist from the Lightning, for Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halperin (per Sportsnet SMS updates)
Alanah posted this at Canucks and Beyond late last night and probably is not the last time we hear a “Will Sign With” today.
As always, you be the judge…
from RossMcKeon at Yahoo,
The Dallas Stars will acquire Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards in a multi-player trade and Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa is heading to the Montreal Canadiens before the NHL trade deadline, an executive within the league said Monday night.
added 7:22am, from the Star-Telegram,
The Stars continued discussions Monday about acquiring forward Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and NHL sources said Stars backup goaltender Mike Smith was one of the players Dallas was dangling.
“We’ve talked today, but nothing’s happening,” Stars co-general manager Les Jackson said on the eve of today’s 2 p.m. (CT) trade deadline.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated defenseman Philippe Boucher from the Injured Reserve. Boucher had shoulder surgery on December 5 and has missed the last 38 games due to the injury.
Boucher, 34, has registered one goal and 10 assists for 11 points with 24 penalty minutes in 28 games with Dallas this season. He currently ranks second on the club in average ice time (22:20) and third in blocked shots (54).
via Five for Fighting,
Sergei Zubov had a screw inserted into his injured foot and will be out 3-4 weeks, according to coach Dave Tippett. Zubov had apparently gone to a specialist who told him to get this fixed now.
The Stars were hoping Zubov would be back on the ice sometime this week. Instead, they’re keeping their fingers crossed that he gets some work in before the playoffs.
update 5:11pm, Just received a release from the Stars, stating Zubov will not even skate for 3-4 weeks, so his return to the lineup could be 4-6 weeks.
From Richie Whitt at the Dallas Observer,
Admittedly stripped to a die-hard, bare-bones fan base after years of late-season flirtation begetting only playoff headaches, the Stars are at it again. Quietly, efficiently producing successful hockey that begs to be noticed. But for the most part playing to a city that doesn’t give a damn. [...]
“We’re down to the core,” says Stars president Jeff Cogen, charged with regenerating a hockey buzz in our disappointed, disjointed sports town. “It’s not ‘Woe is me.’ It’s just that, compared to who we once were we’ve fallen off quite a bit. We admit that, and we’re reacting to it to get those fans back.
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