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NHL Trade Deadline: Brad Richards Skates, Nearing Full Health

Brandon Worley of Defending Big D notes that Brad Richards skated this morning for a little less than an hour. Richards’ health – particularly the uncertain nature of his head injury – could be an obstacle to the Rangers or any other team working out a deal with the Stars in the last moments before the trade deadline.

As Worley points out, Richards still hasn’t practiced with the team, so his return shouldn’t be labeled as imminent. But the fact that he is back on the ice is good news for the Stars, who are fighting for their playoff lives without their best player.

Stay tuned; the trade deadline is just 90 minutes away.

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