"This is the time for the Rangers to get Richards to New York, to get him acquainted with the organization. This is the time for the club's medical staff to conduct its due diligence. This is the time for conversations about the contract, when there is time for give-and-take and careful consideration as opposed to a few hours of sometimes panicky offers, counter-offers and ultimatums."
Brooks suggest Sather offer the Dallas Stars the 57th-overall selection in this year's draft for the rights to Richards.
...this does make sense. Especially on the concussion front. As Brooks states the Rangers medical staff will be able to do a full check-up giving the Blueshirts piece of mind when it comes to contract negotiations with Richards.
seems dumb to trade anything for his rights at this point. i mean, look at all the 2nd round and below guys we have on our team right now: dubi, cally, step, AA, hank, etc.
Great debate folks. No matter what your feelings are I think the Rangers are going after Rcihards, so why not give up a second round pick to get him into the organization and get a better feel of what he's all about.
Brooksie likes to make outlandish comments like this, nobody knows if Richards will stay in Dallas or not, and look at the second & third rounders the Rangers have in their system who are looking like stars in the making... maybe a 2nd rounder is a bit steep for a SHOT at Richards. Remember when Hamhuis' rights were passed around like a bag of oreos? when a player wants to sign somewhere, they will barring a massive offer somewhere else.
This is why Larry Brooks is a writer and not a businessman and is probably an example of why Torts has zero patience for him. (in other words that is one assinine suggestion)
As a Lightning employee, and Rangers fan, Richards has been hanging around here a whole lot during the playoffs. Obviously, the Bolts are gonna be short on cash with re-signing Stamkos, but it's interesting to see where Richards might really want to play if money wasn't an issue.
I'm so torn on this issue...We do need a legit 1st line center and Gabby needs someone to feed him pucks, Richards can do that very well along with scoring alot of goals himself. He could be a big confidence boost to Del Zotto as well. I think with acquisition of Richards our PP would get a big boost eventually leading to MDZ getting more points, gain confidence and become the player he has the potential to be. Richards knows also how it is to play under Torts which is a huge advantage. HOWEVER... We read it around trade deadline that Richards wants around 7mil and 5+ years contract. He's just turned 31, which really is no age but he's still not getting any younger. (Can you say Scott Gomez?). Obviously the concussion thing is also a factor. 7mil? Sure, but no longer than three years. Remember people... We're lucky that Sather made that Gomez-trade happen. Redden is buried in minors and Drury has only one year left. Is it really smart to tie up a (soon) 32year old player to 5+ yrs for 7+ mill??
Neither Dallas nor Richards have any real incentive to make this deal. If Dallas wasn't willing to budge off their ridiculous demands at the trade deadline, why would they do it now - and for only a mere draft pick? Sure - if you're a Ranger fan, you're all for this suggestion - from 'our' standpoint it's a no-brainer.
Now, put your NYR hat aside, and look at this in the harsh light of reality.
1 - Dallas' ownership 'issues' appear to be resolving, giving them hope and incentive that they can keep Richards on the team.
2 - A mid-/late-second rd. pick isn't enough incentive to trade his rights, especially if they believe #1 is true.
3 - Richards is the big fish in a small stagnant pond - any suggestion that he's not going to test the market is ridiculous to the point of absurd. He's got an incredibly unique opportunity to get the most for his services and if I'm him (or his agent) - I'm going to suck the well dry and get the best possible return for my services.
Time, as they say, will tell. But Brooks, as usual, manages to miss the mark so badly that he's not even close to the target.
For once I agree with Larry Brooks. Although I may try and package a couple of picks lower in the draft first, with scouts claiming this draft is rather weak, it may not be a bad time to give up a late 2nd. Especially since the Rangers have 2 second rounders.
Is Richards really the answer to all our offensive struggles? He's great- no denying that- but it looks like another huge salary leaving room for nothing else.
Richards is the guy. Everyone is too worried about the concussion issues. He's no Eric Lindros people. Brooksie is right though. No ultimatums.
This guy you call "too old" had 23 more points than any Ranger this past season, while missing 10 games, and he made a healthy comeback from his concussion playing the last 16 games of the Stars' season. He would be the starting center the team needs which, in fact, can help support the development of Anisimov and Stepan as it takes pressure off of them to center Gaborik and take on first line responsibilities that are too much for them at this stage. The younger players could only benefit. Then of course there's reuniting him with a coach he knows, respects, and understands well. I just hope reasonable terms can be reached and I like Brooks's suggestion to go after him now for that reason. Going after Richards is a no-brainer.
Richards is a bad idea. Hes too old and the concussions are too risky. The rangers are such a physical team and other tesms no it. They recieve hard hits and need to be able to bounce back. If he gets a concussion...which he will he'lll be useless. Post concussion syndrome can keep players out for monthes. Focus on younger players
@cb1 That's a great point about Rangers second round picks. Gordie Clark has been very good in the second round. Don't forget Christian Thomas either.
@dbmaven There are only a couple of teams that have the dough to get Richards. It's us Toronto and LA. LA Doesn't really have the money that he might be looking for, but Toronto certainly does. I bet though that Richards already knows where he wants to go.
@chrisD What else is there to get this offseason?