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Rangers center Brad Richards celebrates his second of (Credit: AP)

Rangers center Brad Richards celebrates his second of three goals against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period. (April 19, 2013)

Brad Richards

Center Brad Richards agreed to a nine-year, $68.5-million contract with the Rangers before the 2011-12 season. He had 100 points during his first two seasons, which proved rocky at times.

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers
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Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Nov. 29, 2011)

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers
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Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates a second period goal by teammate Steve Eminger #44 (not pictured) against the New York Islanders. (Nov. 15, 2011)

Brad Richards looks to shoot during practice at
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Brad Richards looks to shoot during practice at the Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh. (Jan. 17, 2013)

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Brad Richards celebrates his first-period goal during Game
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Brad Richards celebrates his first-period goal during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012)

Brad Richards is named one of the stars
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Brad Richards is named one of the stars of the game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. (April 21, 2013)

Rangers center Brad Richards celebrates his second of
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Rangers center Brad Richards celebrates his second of three goals against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period. (April 19, 2013)

Brad Richards skates during Rangers training camp at
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Brad Richards skates during Rangers training camp at the MSG Training Center. (Sept. 12, 2013)

Brad Richards looks to pass in the third
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Brad Richards looks to pass in the third period of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Jan. 24, 2013)

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Rangers center Brad Richards looks to make a
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Rangers center Brad Richards looks to make a pass in the second period. (April 3, 2013)

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers
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Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers shoots on goal against the Colorado Avalanche. (March 17, 2012)

Rangers No. 19 Brad Richards skates down ice
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Rangers No. 19 Brad Richards skates down ice during the shootout portion of an intra-team scrimmage at Madison Square Garden Training Center. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Rangers No. 19 Brad Richards looks to pass
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Rangers No. 19 Brad Richards looks to pass during an intrateam scrimmage at Madison Square Garden Training Center. (Sept. 15, 2013)

Rangers center Brad Richards tries to score on
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Rangers center Brad Richards tries to score on goalie Hendrick Lundqvist during a practice session. (Sept. 14, 2013)

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Brad Richards speaks to the media during Rangers
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Brad Richards speaks to the media during Rangers training camp at the MSG Training Center. (Sept. 12, 2013)

Brad Richards speaks to the media during Rangers
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Brad Richards speaks to the media during Rangers training camp at the MSG Training Center. (Sept. 12, 2013)

Rangers' Brad Richards looks on before a face-off
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Rangers' Brad Richards looks on before a face-off against the New Jersey Devils in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 12, 2013)

Brad Richards gives a younger skater a ride
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Brad Richards gives a younger skater a ride at the Rangers training facility in Greenburgh. (July 6, 2011)

Brad Richards at the Rangers training facility in
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Brad Richards at the Rangers training facility in Greenburgh. (July 6, 2011)

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Two children present recently acquired Brad Richards with
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Two children present recently acquired Brad Richards with his new Rangers jersey. (July 6, 2011)

Brad Richards with his new Rangers jersey. (July
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Brad Richards with his new Rangers jersey. (July 6, 2011)

Dallas Stars center Brad Richards shoots the puck
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Dallas Stars center Brad Richards shoots the puck against the Flyers. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Brad Richards (91) of the Dallas Stars shoots
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Brad Richards (91) of the Dallas Stars shoots on Henrik Lundqvist (30) of New York Rangers in the elimination shootout during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition part of 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend. (Jan. 29, 2011)

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Brad Richards (91) of the Dallas Stars competes
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Brad Richards (91) of the Dallas Stars competes during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition. (Jan. 29, 2011)

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