(CBS) After doing a quality job of filling a void at second-line center for the Blackhawks in a Stanley Cup run, Brad Richards is leaving Chicago.
Richards, 35, will sign a one-year deal with the Red Wings with $3 million in base pay, according to multiple reports. The compensation could reach $4 million with playoff bonuses, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: 90s Return Thursday
Richards’ exit comes as little surprise, as the Blackhawks face a cap crunch and $3 million would’ve forced them to move other players. He took a bargain one-year deal of sorts for 2014-’15, playing for $2 million and being rewarded with a key role on a championship team.READ MORE: Asha Mosi Believes Her Clothing Company, 'Un-Cursed,' Can Be Catalyst For Powerful Change For Black Families -- And She Wants To Take It Beyond Clothes
Richards had 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games for Chicago last season.MORE NEWS: Beverly-Morgan Park To Host First Juneteenth Festival, But Organizer Says, 'There Are Some People Who Are Opposed To The Diversity'
The Blackhawks’ hope is that Artem Anisimov can fill the second-line center role after they acquired him from the Blue Jackets on Tuesday in a deal centered around Brandon Saad.