Brad Richards has hip surgery for torn labrum

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Richards1.jpgTSN is reporting
that Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards had hip surgery yesterday to
repair a small labrum tear, a surgery that normally requires eight weeks
to repair.

This answers a number of questions from this season,
namely what “nagging” injury Richards was constantly given time off for.
Richards would routinely be given practices and skates off, in order to
stay fresh for the games.

Richards responded as the most
consistent and dangerous Stars player on the ice, threatening to break
Mike Modano’s team record from points in a season. He finished with 24
goals and 67 assists, and had the most power play points in the NHL.

could also explain why Richards was not named to Team Canada for the
World Championships.