NEW YORK (AP) - After a day of being wooed by teams all around the NHL, Brad Richards picked the one that was the front-runner all along - the New York Rangers.
Richards, considered the biggest prize in this year's underwhelming free-agent market, struck it rich Saturday when he agreed to terms with the Rangers on a nine-year, $60 million deal. The 31-year-old center will be reunited with coach John Tortorella, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He'll be alongside Marian Gaborik on New York's revamped top line.
After posting a career-high 28 goals and 49 assists last season with the Dallas Stars, Richards jumped to the head of the free-agent class and was highly coveted by the Rangers. The Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs also made in-person pitches at the office of his agent, Pat Morris, in Ontario.