We had the meet-and-greet today in Frisco, and it looked like both of these guys were just happy to be here and ready to go. Especially Richards. I can imagine the last week or so has been rough for him, considering all the havoc being wreaked down in Tampa with the Lightning.
Anyway, Richards was with Niklas Hagman and Antti Miettinen at practice on Wednesday. Is that tomorrow's line? Who knows. Dave Tippett said not to read too much into all that hubub. So I won't. For the moment.
I talked with Johan Holmqvist about the trade. I didn't know if the guy knew he could be in the deal, considering Mike Smith's name coming up on the Stars' side. Turns out he had no idea.
"I didn't think it was out there," he said. "Then we're at practice (Tuesday) and I get a tap on the shoulder. It's a different situation, but I embrace it."