Stars owner Tom Hicks wasn't sure what his team would be getting if it acquired forward Brad Richards. Co-general manager Brett Hull put Hicks at ease when he called Richards "a 27-year-old Joe Sakic." Hicks also didn't mind the fact that Richards is a Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner.
That seems fitting, as Sakic was one of Richards' idols, and the reason he wore the No. 19 before coming to Dallas. That number's retired here for Bill Masterton.