David Shoalts of the Toronto Globe & Mail reports that if the Tom Gaglardi, a Vancouver businessman, purchase of the Stars goes through, Brad Richards will stay in Dallas.
...while the move obviously gives the Dallas organization some stability it didn't have, I'm still not sure I'm completely behind what Shoalts is selling. The Rangers have something that Dallas can't offer and that's a chance to be reunited with Torts.
Jesse Spector at the Daily News reports that while the Rangers didn't mention him by name Brad Richards will be their main target this offseason...
"Richards would address two needs for the Rangers, primarily finding a consistent center for Marian Gaborik, who dropped from 42 goals in his first year on Broadway to 22 this season...it also would provide a boost to a power play that finished the regular season 1-for-29, then went 1-for-20 in five playoff games. Richards is an accomplished power-play performer, with 22 of his 49 assists this season coming with the man advantage."
Here's Torts on what the Rangers could do free agency wise this summer...
"It doesn't have to be a trade," Tortorella said Monday. "If that right piece is there, maybe in free agency, yeah. I think we - I felt we really stuck with it through the trading deadline this year, we kept our kids, and the kids kept on growing. So I think our foundation has grown, and there is a chance to add that piece to our foundation that isn't a kid, that will help you in a position, then sure. And let's not upset the building process and get rid of all our kids for a maybe."
Spector adds that to get Richards, who will be demanding big bucks, under the cap it sounded like the Rangers were going to buyout Chris Drury which would save them $3 million next year (Rangers would still have to pay Drury $3,716,667 next season, and $1,666,667 in 2012-13)...
"It's amazing he was able to come back when he did," Tortorella said of Drury, who returned from knee surgery to score a key goal in the regular-season finale. "But we have to make decisions for what's best for the organization moving on. .. . It's certainly not mine, my total decision, but I have my thoughts. These are all conversations we have to have."
According to Spector, chasing Richards also makes it highly unlikely the Rangers will bring back free agent forward Vinny Prospal, while Derek Boogaard and Wojtek Wolski also could be buyout candidates.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post has more on a Richards pursuit here.
...with the way everyone is talking I really don't see a scenario where the Rangers don't go after Richards. It seems like they have enough options to get him under the cap, so I guess it is up to him if he wants to come to Broadway.
...for whatever reason these type of high profile free agent moves never seem to work out for the Rangers so I'd love to see them offer a shorter (3-4 years) instead of a 5-6 year deal.
..would love to hear your thoughts.
As much as I'd like Richards, I fear he'll turn out to be Eric Lindross, Pavel Bure, Scott Gomez, or Markus Naslund-- especially with his recent head injuries. Nonetheless, a first line of Gabby and Richards would be something we haven't had in the past 2 years. WIth them and Dubi and Cally manning a line 2..we would finally have a legitimate top 6. Guess we'll wait and see
Didn't we pick up Wolski in a trade this year? Why would he be a buyout candidate? He's a free agent, I thought.
Get rid of Drury any way. There's just no room for him. Richards is the only one we should really try for. Erik Cole is one you can get for cheap. Same with Alex Tanguay. But Richards is the only one we should really go after. But only for a 3 or 4 year deal. As every Ranger fan has learned any free agent looks great now, but when they are 35 they don't look so hot anymore.
I agree ChrisM. Bottom line is we need an elite forward. Richards is the only one I saw on that list aside from selanne who is 40 and will most likely finish his career with the ducks. The rangers played it smart during the trade deadline by not throwing away their youth for richards who at the time was out with a concussion. They did that with the mindset to get him during the offseason, so they should stick with it and make it happen. Richards is a guy who certainly is not going to hurt your team. It would be awesome to see the rangers with 2 elite players. When you think about it, most of these top caliber teams in the nhl today have that 1-2 punch
Man this scares me. Like you said these big free agent signings never work out for the Rangers and Richards was out with a concussions this season, correct? Would it be better to split the available cash up and get two of the guys on the free agent list you posted earlier in the week? Probably not since this team is in desperate need of top line talent. We have plenty of 2nd and 3rd line grinders.