Richards said, "this year we were in the Final, the writing was on the wall probably as soon as the lockout happened, just the way the contract was structured, the risk of me retiring early and the cap hit that they would have, I kind of knew it was happening but it didn't matter and it was still a good team that I wanted to play on this year and we made a run and almost won it."
He added, "It's nice to have big contracts and I am very thankful for that but it's also nice to get out of this one and kind of regroup and get a little bit of that pressure off you and I can go into Chicago with guys who are used to winning and, kind of, not under the radar but kind of come in with a different look and hopefully I can just get back to, you know, having fun out there."
On going to Chicago, Richards said "that was the only way it could work with the salary cap and both sides knew that. It's a different animal and you get to join a team like Chicago and go to a great team and the fans are second to none in that building, the jersey, Original Six, not to mention how well they have done. It's a great opportunity that I couldn't keep up."
On his own game, Richards said "that is tough, I hate scouting myself. My career has alwways been about how I see the ice and how I can control the play and set up teammates. I want to go there and do that and try to add more and score and help the PP. I take a lot of shots. I am there to bring offense and that has been my whole career and my biggest asset is how I see the ice."