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Brad Richards signs with Detroit Red Wings for 1 year, $3 million

The first member of the 2015 Stanley Cup championship team to leave for another team.

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Brad Richards will return to the ice this fall with the Detroit Red Wings after the two side agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract plus playoff bonuses.

The former Chicago Blackhawks forward had 37 points in 76 regular-season games before tallying three goals and 14 points in 23 postseason games as he won his second Stanley Cup and first with the Hawks.

Richards, 35, was acquired after being bought out with the New York Rangers. He was brought into the fold to stabilize the second line at center, and he did just that better than Michael Handzus as the Hawks won their third Cup in six seasons.

The first Cup win for Richards came in 2004 as he was named the Conn Smythe winner, playoff MVP, when the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first championship. The second one came against his former team.

Richards will return to the United Center with his new team Sunday, March 6.

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