The NHL’s free-agent signing period began yesterday.
Richards, 31, made $7.8 million with the Dallas Stars last season and led the team with 28 goals and 49 assists in 72 games. He’s recorded 220 goals and 496 assists in 772 career games with Dallas and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Richards will be reunited with coach John Tortorella, who guided the center to a Stanley Cup title in 2004 with Tampa Bay. That year, Richards won the Conn Smythe trophy as the MVP of the playoffs after registering a postseason-best 26 points.
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