Brad Richards would love to talk about his potential linemates come October, the possibilities that this opportunity with the Blackhawks could bring, be it for him or the team.
But, he’s a little busy right now.
“I’m trying to find a place to live and meeting a thousand people every day,” Richards said with a smile. “Obviously talking to them when I signed I thought a little bit about it, but now it’s just been a whirlwind just trying to over here. As I start in August skating and getting to know everybody a bit more, I’ll think a little more about it.”
That time will be here soon enough, and there’s no doubt Richards is looking forward to it. On Friday he talked before taking part in his first Blackhawks convention here at the Hilton. Coach Joel Quenneville talked on Wednesday that Richards could center Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane. Hey, we all know how this goes; combinations can come and go. Richards knows that, too.
“I’ve only watched him (Kane) and he’s exciting to watch. All of that is played out when you get on the ice,” Richards said. “It’s the part that’s so hard to talk about now because it might or might not work. (You don’t know) until you get on the ice and learn tendencies and get to know him more, too. We’re going to do that as we get into training camp. All that stuff has to kind of naturally (happen) and then just see where it goes."
Richards said Jonathan Toews and Kane “have reached out quite a bit to help me out. The organization has been great, also.”
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For now, Richards will focus on getting himself settled in Chicago. His potential line mates and his overall place in this team, all of that will play out soon enough. The 34-year-old wants another chance at another Stanley Cup, especially after reaching the final with the New York Rangers last spring. And this is where he knows he has a great chance to do it.
“I told Stan (Bowman) and Joel when we first talked that, when you get that close you get the itch. You really want to get another one; in my case, another one before I retire,” he said. “So when the Hawks were talking to me, the first thing on my mind was I want to get back there and have another chance to win. This is a great chance.”