Veteran relishes role as line's mentor

Updated: October 29, 2009, 8:45 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

FRISCO, Texas -- James Neal didn't know it last year, but Brad Richards was busy acting as his real estate agent.

When Neal returned from a brief stint with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL last November, Richards told him where to unpack.

"Last year, he just came up to me and said, 'You're living with me,'" Neal said. "There wasn't really a choice. It's Brad Richards. Why wouldn't I want to live with him, right?"

Neal, 22, is still living with Richards in Dallas. And he's not complaining ...

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