The 36-year-old won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2004 while leading the Lightning to their only Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Richards recorded 26 points in 23 playoff games that year. His only other title came as a member of the Blackhawks in 2015.
The 2011 All-Star thanked all of his former teams in a statement, acknowledging his stops with three Original Six clubs.
He also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2004 for sportsmanship and gentleman play, and finished second behind goal Evgeni Nabokov in the rookie of the year voting in 2001. After spending his first six seasons with the Lightning, Richards began his bounce from team to team when he was traded to Dallas in 2007.
His best scoring season came in 2010-11 with the Dallas Stars, where he scored a career-high 28 goals. His top point season is 91, done twice, once with Tampa Bay in 2005-06, and then the Stars in 2009-10. His career ended with a career-low 28-point season with the Detroit Red Wings this past year. But that season does not take away for the impact he had with every uniform he has worn in the NHL.