Over the summer the Rangers had a lot of deliberating to do about the future of Brad Richards and the prospect of using an amnesty buyout to get out from under his contract. GM Glen Sather elected not to go that route and instead hung on to Richards.

Now he's playing on the Rangers' top line.

Richards who was a healthy scratch in the playoffs last season part of an overall disappointing campaign for he and the Rangers is taking a break from center and as a result is getting a run with top-liners Rick Nash and Derek Stepan by playing on the wing a move partly necessitated by injuries to Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan. From Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:

At practice in Greenburgh Vigneault practiced Richards on the left wing of center Derek Stepan who the coach said "looked real good" in his first practice since re-signing on Thursday. Rick Nash will play right wing on that line though he did not practice Sunday after taking a shot off his foot in Friday's preseason finale in Las Vegas.

"We've still got two guys out and you've got three centers (Richards Stepan and Derick Brassard) that want to play in offensive situations" said Richards who played wing on occasion in Tampa Bay and Dallas. "I'm playing with Rick and Step so hopefully we can get something going. If it works that means we're staying and if we're staying that means it's working."

That's quite the deduction from Richards there huh?

His familiarity of the transitive property aside it's an interesting opportunity for a player in need of a big season. As Leondard notes Richards has played on the wing before so it's not completely foreign territory and playing with two scorers like Nash and Stepan would give Richards a great chance to make a positive impression on new coach Alain Vigneault in games that actually matter.