Hawks Headlines: What Does Brad Richards Bring to the Party?

Will Richards be the second line center answer for the Blackhawks?

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In this Wednesday edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at what the Brad Richards signing could mean for the Chicago Blackhawks, what fans should expect when Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews eventually sign contracts, and what one writing staff thinks of Kris Versteeg’s 2013-14 season.

-We start out with Krista Golden, who wrote up an interesting piece about what the addition of Brad Richards could mean for the Hawks next season. Here’s a hint: he should be an upgrade over Michal Handzus. [Masters of the Madhouse]

-Sam Fels has some interesting numbers on what extensions for Kane and Toews could look like, with $10.9 million potentially being the cap hit on each deal. That would obviously mean some changes would be in the offing with Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger both being up for new contracts after next season. [The Committed Indian]

-Who is the best player in Blackhawks’ history? ESPN is conducting a survey among fans to find out what the hockey-loving public’s take is. [ESPN Chicago]

-Kris Versteeg had some decent possession numbers this season, but as this report card illustrates, those are a bit deceiving. [Second City Hockey]

-According to reports out of Pittsburgh, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will have surgery on his wrist this week. [Chicago Tribune]

-Finally, the Blackhawks will be holding their annual development camp next week (which prospect Kevin Hayes will not be attending), but the San Jose Sharks are getting a painful lesson in the potential cost of on-ice workouts, as Tomas Hertl injured his knee during practice. [NHL.com]

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