Every summer, solid veterans who could be useful in a specific role opt to not move to another city on a low-paying one-year contract and decide to retire instead, and this year is no exception, with the most notable case being former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards.
He recorded 932 points (298 goals and 634 assists) in 1126 NHL regular-season games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings. He won Stanley Cups with the Bolts and Hawks, as well as a World Cup with Team Canada, alongside his faithful Lightning teammates Martin St-Louis and Vincent Lecavalier.
He also reached the Cup Final with the Rangers, again with Marty St-Louis.
He earned less than 30 penalty minutes in 14 of his 15 NHL seasons, leaving the game as one of the most respected, gentlemanly players of his generation, as can be attested by his 2003-04 Lady Byng Trophy, for which he was also the runner-up in 2005-06 and 2009-10 (and got votes almost every year).
Here he is wearing the alternate captain's "A" on the Bolts' initial black (away) uniform, on card #J-RI from Upper Deck's 2007-08 Series 1 collection and UD Game Jersey sub-set: