For the first time since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, the Dallas Stars
will take the ice without their stud No. 1 center. That would be Brad Richards
, who tallied 168 points over the last two seasons, leading all Dallas forwards in ice time per game during that span.
Among active players, Richards ranks seventh in points per game over the last two years (1.11), 20th over his career (0.93) and 13th over his career in the playoffs (0.98).
Yet Richards walked away from Dallas this summer as an unrestricted free agent, becoming the most sought-after prize in a relatively-thin market. After dozens of suitors pled their cases, Richards inked a lucrative nine-year, $60-million contract with the Rangers.
And with that, a new era began in Dallas.