...hopefully, all parties involved can get this taken care of before July 1st, but you have to wonder how a move like that would effect the two players' thinking. Especially Dubinsky who had messy negotiations with the Rangers two years ago.
...similar to Staal negotiations last year, I'm really hoping the Rangers don't overpay for either of these guys. While they are tremendous pieces of this organization going forward Sather needs to remember that they're still just second line guys on their best day. Overpaying will seriously hamper Sather's ability to bring in a top UFA forward.
Does everyone know how restricted free agents work? I am not worried one bit about another club coming in and offering them something. Frankly, for they price they'd have to pay, they're not worth it. Take your time with it and if you have to take them to arbitration to get them at a discount just for the coming year, then do it!
Just b/c Sather made mistakes in the past doesn't mean he needs to overpay now. Agreed that Rangers may not have the $ for Richards & will need to look elsewhere. Sather will be looking for a way however.
I think they should sign Dubi and Cally for about 5 years or so. What about all these other people though we have to resign and buy out and everything? It's beginning to seem we might not have the bankroll for Richards.