"There's been no decisions, no real thoughts on anything yet," Richards said. "I'm just trying to get my body back to where it usually is conditioningwise right now and keep doing what I've been doing."
The 31-year-old center also said this about his relationship with John Tortorella (they won a Cup in Tampas in 2004)...
"You have that forever," Richards said of the championship bond. "We had Torts there for eight years. That's pretty rare in this day and age . . . He taught us how to be professionals."
Richards had 28g, 49a in 72 games this year. He missed 10 towards the end of the season with a concussion.
Richards, who just finished a five-year deal that paid him $7.8 million last season, is said to be looking for a long term deal.
...a lot of people feel that when the Stars finalize their new ownership it is a foregone conclusion that Richards is staying. I'm not so sure. I think that championship bond he has with Torts is a huge feather in the Rangers cap.
...having said that I'd hate to see the Rangers commit more than four years to a 31-year-old coming off a concussion. Although if you saw Gaborik's goal at the Worlds yesterday it's amazing what playing with some highly skilled players will do for your game. Pairing the two of them would give the Rangers one of the best center-wing tandams in the league.
am i the only one who thinks brad richards is a huge red flag? first of all, he is talented but not as talented as the money he'll go for in free agency (he's been an all star all of us once). i can't confidently say he's in the top 20 best players in the NHL, or even top 20 forwards. i'd rather see the rangers trade cap, prospects or even one of our young defensemen for a real all star who is younger and worth the price of admission (the datsyuks, getzlafs, ryans, etc.) what is to say that this won't lead to the same exact result as drury, gomez, gaborik, or anyone else (read: one good year and then vanishing act) ? Free agency is not the way to go for our team. it's better to build and develop what we got and then assess if it'd be worth it to trade our stocks for a richards-type.
i wouldnt mind signing him to a long-term deal. over his career, he hasn't had a history of concussions or injuries. and his numbers only seem to be improving with time.
@stevzuck11 Steve those are all valid points and I think most Rangers fans agree with your concerns. Especially, as you mention, with the Rangers track record. But he is a 25g, 55a guy. Rangers could sure use an 80 point player in their lineup.
Having said that anything more than four years and I'm out. He might look good in year two, but not so much in year five.