First for a little disclaimer- Brad Richards is my absolute favorite player (maybe Neal is tied for that). But, we all know the problems the Stars are going to have later on in the season near the trade deadline and I think there may be a nice solution showing itself out there which, while it wouldn't bring back all of B-Rad's vailue, would bring back a lot of it and not make it as huge of a loss.
Per this (http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=338047) article on TSN.ca, Brian Murray the GM in Ottawa is ready to make some big changes to his roster because of their crappy start. Now one of the Ottawa players who has always caught a lot of unwarranted flak from Sens fans is Jason Spezza. His nerdy laugh aside, he's a great playmaker like Brad and can put up huge numbers with real scoring linemates (like Neal and Eriksson) and has never really been the underachiever the Senators fans have made him out to be. He has been the goat there for a long time without it being warranted. Also, he's signed through the 2013/14 season which would give the Stars some stability on that first line which they need. If the Stars could get Spezza and a draft pick or another role-player type guy for Richards it could be a deal that works out both ways.
I know this trade talk won't be popular here on DBD and I don't really like it myself as I love Brad and really want him to stay. But give it a gander and try to consider the positives it could bring to the Stars.
Here's to another nice win streak starting tomorrow against the Florida Kittens.