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Richards: 'I'd definitely be interested' in Tampa

Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:38 pm

This much we know: Brad Richards will not be back in Dallas next season. Now we know this as well: Richards would be interested in returning to the Lightning, his former team.

That's because he told the Tampa Tribune as much.

"I don't know what they're thinking as an organization," Richards said. "If they're going to talk to me, I'd definitely be interested.

"I can't speak for them and what they want to do in the offseason. There are rumors, but what do they really mean? At the end of the day, it's what they say if you get the chance to sit down with them."

Of course, Richards played his first 6 1/2 seasons in the NHL with the Lightning, winning a Stanley Cup with the team in 2004. Richards took home the Conn Smythe Trophy for his work in the postseason that year. He was traded just before the deadline in the 2007-08 season to Dallas.

"I certainly wasn't looking to leave at that time -- and I don't think it ever had to happen the way it did -- but I enjoyed Dallas," Richards said.

Richards just played out the final year of his contract that he signed with the Bolts in 2006 and Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk said last week they wouldn't re-sign him and were interested in trading his negotiating rights.

It's interesting to note that Richards, who still trains in the Tampa Bay area, was back in town and attended a playoff game at St. Pete Times Forum. He hasn't quite distanced himself from the Lightning yet. Just check out this line:

"If you get the right owner, a general manager like Steve Yzerman, people who know how to do things, it's great. I think we just needed the right kind of owner to come in here. Um, maybe I shouldn't say 'we,' right?"

There will surely be other suitors begging for a chance to sign Richards. But if they can make the numbers work in Tampa, it seems like Richards has a favorite in mind.

-- Brian Stubits

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:23 am
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Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:29 pm

Richards: 'I'd definitely be interested' in Tampa

Besides the Hawks, Tampa is my favorite NHL team. I knew this year if they got past the Bruins they would destory Vancouver because they're alot like us and if they get Richards boy the Eastern confrence better watch out because the Lightning is gonna Strike

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:17 pm

Richards: 'I'd definitely be interested' in Tampa

I dont think there is a single soul in Tampa that wouldn't want to see Richards in Lightning blue again.  He was part of the 2004 cup year and the Conn Smythe winner ta-boot.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:23 pm

Richards: 'I'd definitely be interested' in Tampa

I would love for Brad Richards to go back to Tampa. Main reason behind that is because I know Glen Sather will do something drastic like trade away our cruicial picks or young players for a winger that is maybe not so much past his prime but definitely will command a heafty salary.

This is a guy, who traded away a potential young gun who is averaging a point a game in the OHL + a pair of 2nd round picks in 2011, all for what? a stay a home defenceman who's dad had some heritage with the rangers?

Fingers crossed brad signs with lighting, plus Yzerman is GM. When you have a person with that calibre who wouldn't?

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:44 am

Richards: 'I'd definitely be interested' in Tampa

I for one would love to see Richards back in a Lightning jersy.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:43 pm

Richards: 'I'd definitely be interested' in Tampa

Come on back Brad, we would love to reunite.

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