Wings will be Richards’ third Original Six team he’s played for

DETROIT >> Original Six franchises and Brad Richards seem to go hand-in-hand.

On Wednesday, Richards signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Detroit Red Wings on the first day unrestricted free agents can sign with teams.

He could earn an extra $1 million if he meets playoff bonuses.

Richards, 35, won the Cup with Chicago this season after being bought out by the New York Rangers.

He also won the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was named the playoff MVP. He also won the Lady Byng for sportsmanship that same season.

Richards scored 12 goals and had 25 assists in 76 games with Chicago. He turned it up in the playoffs with three goals and 11 assists in 23 games.

Detroit now has 20 players signed, 12 of which are forwards, for approximately $65 million. That leaves about $6 million under the $71.4 million cap.

The Wings still have to sign restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Landon Ferraro, while factoring in the cost of re-signing Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Petr Mrazek in 2016.

The Blackhawks got Richards after the Rangers bought him out after just three seasons of a nine-year deal with New York.

The Rangers will pay Richards, who also played for Dallas, $3.05 million this year and $5.05 million next year and then $1.05 million for each of the following nine seasons until 2025-26.

In 14 seasons with four teams, Richards, who has just missed eight games of the last four seasons, has 288 goals and 616 assists in 1,058 games. In 141 playoff games he has 36 goals and 68 assists.


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