By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Brad Richards.
|Brad Richards finished his first season with the Red Wings scoring 10 goals with 18 assists in 68 games. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings) |
Last season the veteran forward debuted with his third different team – all Original Six franchises – in three years. He had hopes that the Red Wings would be his charm but it didn’t go as well for Richards, the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
“It's an honor to play for this organization,” Richards said. “It's one of the Original Six great traditions. … I've been fortunate the last two years to play until June and you get spoiled. Watching playoff games now and there's nothing like that time of year. As far as playing for the Wings and wearing the jersey, all that stuff's been an honor but obviously the season didn't go the way I wanted it to or the team wanted it to."
A two-time Stanley Cup winner, it’s quite possible that Richards has played his last game in a 15-season career. As players gathered late last month to clear out their lockers Richards hinted at retirement, saying the older he gets the harder off-season training becomes.
“It's probably going to creep into my mind here in the next month a little bit too in what I want to do,” he said. “I'm not there yet where I want to say I'm retiring. I need to get away and kind of see mentally how I feel and where I'm at. It's a young man's game now and it's hard to start a family and all that stuff and put in the time and effort it takes to stay in shape against some of these young guys. You do have to make sure you're 100 percent all in mentally. The off-season's so big at this age. That's going to go into a lot of decision-making."
The 36-year-old Richards can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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Goals: 10 | Assists: 18 | Pts: 28
Shots: 164 | +/-: 4
| The most regular-season games missed since 2008-09 when he missed 26 games with the Dallas Stars. Rarely seriously injured, Richards played in 80 or more regular-season games nine times in his NHL career. But a lower-back injury suffered Oct. 21 at Edmonton forced him to miss 13 games from Oct. 23 to Nov. 18. He also missed a game in January to attend the funeral of his grandfather.
4 | The Red Wings won every time Richards enjoyed a multi-point game. Three of those games were two-assist performances, including Nov. 21 at St. Louis, where he set up Teemu Pulkkinen’s power-play goal in overtime. Richards’ also sparked wins with two assists each against the New York Islanders (Feb. 6) and Boston (Feb. 14). He had a goal and an assist at Toronto (Apr. 2), picking up a secondary helper on Kyle Quincey’s game-winning goal against the Maple Leafs.
5 | By playing in February’s Stadium Series game at Denver’s Coors Field, Richards became the first player to appear in five outdoor NHL regular-season games. He also played in three outdoor games with the New York Rangers and one with the Chicago Blackhawks.
2 | Richards scored his second career game-winning goal in an outdoor game, lifting the Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field on Feb. 27. Richards flipped a rebound to the side of the net that bounced behind goalie Semyon Varlamov late in the third period. Richards also scored the winner in the 2012 Winter Classic as the New York Rangers defeated the Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
47 | Finished with the second-most shots on goal during power play time behind Henrik Zetterberg (48). It was Richards’ highest shots total since scoring five power-play goals on a team-high 77 shots during his final season with the Rangers, in 2013-14.
1,100 | Richards reached the games-played milestone on Feb. 14. In that game, a wild 6-5 comeback victory over Boston, he had two assists. Richards is just one of four active players to produce at least 290 goals, 630 or more assists and 930-plus points in as many as 1,100 games. The others are Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton.