Once again it's that time of year here on Defending Big D where we take a look at each player that suited up for 25 or more games this season (and are still with the team) and take a look back at their season. What was good about it, what wasn't so good, and the lasting impression they left us as we go into summer.
#91 / Center / Dallas Stars
May 02, 1980
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Key Stat: 7.8 Million - As in that's what he made dollar wise in this his final contract year with the Stars. Can the Stars afford to pay out that same amount next season? Will Richards possibly ask for more this summer or even get more from a team eager to overpay for a skilled center?
The Good: Continued to be a dazzling play-making center for the Stars and even though he missed 10 games this season, still led the team in scoring and finished 10th in the NHL in both assists and points. Can put up points at home and on the road and proved that he remains a clutch go-to player with 17 of his 28 goals coming when the Stars were either tied in a game, or down by one goal.
The Bad: Three full seasons with the Stars and no playoff action to be seen. Granted it doesn't all lay at the feet of Richards, but it's not a good record to maintain either. Also, when he came back from missing those ten games with a concussion, he clearly wasn't the same player that he was before the injury.
The Bottom Line: Corey Perry of the Ducks led the league in scoring and only makes a little over five million a year. The Sedin twins led the league in points (Daniel) and assists (Henrik) and both make 6.1 million a year. The Stars will have to take a good, hard look at what Brad Richards can bring to the club in the years to come and if the asking price for his services gets jacked up by another team eager to make a splash this summer, then it may be a smarter play to let him walk away.
The Vote: Rate Richards below on a scale of A to F (A being the best of course) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season.