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Rangers’ Top Acquisition Brad Richards On WFAN

Brad Richards (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brad Richards (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) - Recently acquired Rangers center Brad Richards joined Sid Rosenberg on Wednesday to discuss his move to New York and hopes for the upcoming season.

Richards, who will wear No. 19 for New York, surprised Rosenberg with his admission that, despite splitting his time between Florida and Texas, he’s a big-time fan of the pinstripes.

“Well I grew up around the east coast of Canada, where it’s either Red Sox or Blue Jays,” said Richards. “I hated both of them, so I went to the Yankees.”

No wonder Richards is thrilled to be in the Big Apple.

“I’m excited to be here, to be in this city,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Listen: Brad Richards with Sid Rosenberg

The big free agent acquisition cited coach John Tortorella, who he won the 2004 Stanley Cup under while playing for Tampa Bay, as a factor in his decision to sign with New York.

“I think Torts has a great understanding of what I can do and obviously we’ve done it,” said Richards. “I’m comfortable with him and hopefully he’s still comfortable with me.”

As for Marian Gaborik, Richards is looking forward to helping the right wing get his game back.

“I want to be able to dominate out there,” said Richards. “Hopefully we can create a good relationship and put up a lot of good numbers on both ends of the rink for the Rangers.”