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Signed with Rangers BRAD RICHARDS
Position: Center
Last team: Dallas
Age: 31
2010-11 cap hit: $7.8 million
Update: The jewel of the 2011 free agent class was pursued by the Flames, Lightning, Leafs and Kings, but ultimately agreed to a nine-year, $60 million contract. The deal will carry a cap hit of about $6.667 million. The Rangers did what they said they wouldn't by giving Richards a lengthy mega-deal, but if the years aren't reasonable, the cap hit is. The playmaking center will join winger Marian Gaborik and former coach John Tortorella to try to carry the Rangers to the top of the NHL.

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