"But back to Richards for a moment. I think it would be a huge step backward for the Rangers to trade off some of their good young players -- players who have really driven the bus for the team all season."
...holy cow, ESPN got something hockey related correct. Gold Star for them today.
ESPN couldn't exactly get this wrong. Trading for him would be foolish, acquiring him in the summer wouldn't.
That said, I kind of get the feeling -- juding by the comments this week re: the Stars progressing talks over ownership -- that we won't even get a shot at Richards this summer.
Why would they trade for Richards when he becomes a free agent this summer? There's no point. Make the playoffs with what you've got, try to sell a big contract or extra space at the deadline for picks/prospects and see how far you can get with the young guys.