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Crawford: Brad Richards Skates, Stars Still Patient

According to Marc Crawford after tonight's win in Detroit, Brad Richards skated earlier today for the first time since getting hit by Samual Pahlsson in Vancouver. Per the DMN:

``He skated today, and I haven't heard anything else besides that,'' Crawford said. ``I think the news is good on him, and let's hope the news continues to be good. You hope we get another shot in the arm with the return of Brad and the return of Nick Grossman (at some point). You just have to be patient, because those are injuries where you just have to do what the medical people tell you.''

If Richards is skating, and Nieuwendyk has confirmed he won't play before the deadline (so he's not playing against Nashville) then we can guess he's still at least a week away from getting back to the ice in a game. If not more. The Stars traditionally are very patient with head injuries and concussions and they won't let him play again until they're absolutely certain he is good to go.

Richards has said that he initially felt dizzyness after the hit but lately he's been dealing with lingering headaches. With Sidney Crosby out the past seven weeks with a concussion -- and talk of a possible career-threatening situation starting to spread -- and Marc Savard gone for the season, the Stars won't be taking any chances with the player they hope is the cornerstone of the franchise for many years to come.

More on that tomorrow.