Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report has a great look at the pros and cons of getting Richards.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy posts comments from Brad Richards agent on what the All Star center is looking for when deciding on which franchise to sign with...
"A hockey market with the opportunity to win would be the top two criteria," said his agent Pat Morris.
Morris adds this...
"First and foremost, when you've won a Stanley Cup, you want to win another one. When he choose to go to Dallas, it was a pretty strong franchise at the time until ownership faltered. That didn't help their team when they were spending $45 million last year and the year before. So it's been a work in progress — downward in Dallas.
"He wants to have an opportunity to be with a team that has good younger players coming in to fill, in a market where hockey matters game in and game out. He endured what happened in Dallas and in the down-step of Tampa at the time."
...a team with good young players in a market where hockey matters? Sorry Brad that is the furthest thing from what the New York Rangers are. That sounds exactly like the Buffalo Sabres. Definitely give them a call.
Carpiniello's list is great. Well organized and honest, thought he doesn't seem to draw any conclusions from it...
B/s. If Richards comes to NY and turns this team into an actual contender, fans will flock just like they did to Carmello and the Knicks.
Sounds like a match made in Toronto, or maybe the Bleu Blan Rouge would have some interest. I've heard hockey matters a little there. Seriously, that 2nd criteria is NOT NY. This is clearly a baseball first, football second, basketball third town. Those of us that love hockey have a hard time finding kin in this area, unless the Rangers are winning something. Sad, but unfortunately true. If he's sincere, then there's no way he comes to NY.
I disagree NYC is bigger hockey market than Buffalo also our youth core is much deeper, Richards would mentor Stepan and etc
@CJ I think that was the point of it — despite is very good breakdown he can't take a side...that he's waffling/on the fence.
@KingBadaBing I already pre-ordered one.
@gravey94 , I imagine the players on the Rangers feel more that hockey matters than we do as fans. The Garden fills up and there are plenty of animated Rangers fans to show up for all their events. Obviously I can't argue with your 1, 2, 3, in terms of sports that matter, but I still think hockey matters here -- especially if we're comparing it to Dallas, Florida, Atlanta, etc. That said, Toronto is certainly a viable candidate.
@gravey94 I'll drive him to Toronto if I have to.
@TomUrtzNYR It's called sarcasm Tom. C'mon man you're better than that.
@AG_Blue Yes, I'm sure they do. Rangers fans are fantastic and rock the Garden. NY is a sports town period, so all the 4 major sports matter, but hockey is a distant 4th. If the Knicks win a game against the Heat and the Rangers beat the Devils, II bet you 99 times out of 100 that the back page headline goes to the Knicks. Hockey matters in NY to the true fans, it's not a casual fan sport like baseball, football, and to some extent basketball. They had a shot in '94 to make it legit in NYC, but the NHL screwed the pooch Marketing it correctly and then followed it up with a friggin' lockout. That was the window to move hockey up the ladder, at least in NYC. Besides, most people can't follow the puck or a game and don't want to invest the time to learn. And not many grow up shooting pucks in this area as opposed to little league, PAL football, and YMCA basketball. But it matters to us true fans, which is why we flock to sites like this one. BTW, thanks for giving us this outlet Kevin!
@KevinDeLury I know you are being sarcastic..... lol I like to play around and keep the convo going its all good lol
@TomUrtzNYR Oh, duh.