Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Inquirer says that with the Flyers likely to buyout Danny Briere and his $6.5 million per year cap hit, they would “absolutely” be interested in Brad Richards if he is amnestied by the Rangers.
...a cheap, motivated Richards on a Rangers rival? Ugh. Talk about nightmare scenario. Could only hope his Drury imitation would continue in Philly, to go along with them grossly overpaying for an aging Streit. God I'd love for them to suck again next season.
Conversly, Carchidi feels the Rangers might be interested in Briere if allowed to re-enter free agency.
....i'm asked at least five times a day about my thoughts on the Rangers signing Briere and after much thought I'm still not 100% sure. Plenty of positives and negatives. The biggest negative is obviously Briere's health. The guy is a walking concussion, so if the Rangers do sign him they better be prepared for him to suit up for only half the games. Although with the Rangers medical staff they'll likely throw him out on the ice no matter how punch drunk he is. But when he does play the guy knows how to find the back of the net, especially in the postseason when he always steps up his game. And the last time I checked, I think the Rangers have had some problems scoring in the playoffs. Also, as a French Canadian, I think he'd likely have nice chemistry with Vigneault, while also serving as a mentor to Brassard. Oh yeah, and Briere has 250 career power play points.
...if the Rangers decide to not buy out Richards, then I'd be against the Briere signing as the last thing the Rangers need are two aging centers on the decline. However, if the decision is chancing it with Richards for another season or signing Briere to a two year, $3 million per contract I think I'd have to go with Briere.
If Briere was an amnesty buyout, couldn't we get him on the cheap? I would take Briere if he signed for $2m per and no more than 2 years. Didn't Redden and Gomez sign for cheap after their buyouts?
Clear Briere wants to stay around PHI cause of his kids, so maybe he can had for great value since he'll essentially be getting 2 contracts?
Let Richards kick ass for the plyers!!! If Briere would kick ass for us then that would make the rival games even better!
Hmmm. This one is tough but I say that Rangers should pass in Briere. He's got a lot of upside, when healthy... I think he would end up as a liability for the Rangers. The last thing they need is an aging player with career threatening health concerns.
Callahan-?(Lindberg- for me is the obvious choice)-Hagelin
Just focusing on the offense this is the lineup there is no question we will have. With Zuccs getting thrown in there our second and third lines are very undersized... Our first line and 4th may be big, but you cant have no size in the middle... Adding Briere definitely will not help that...
For me the clear fix... let Zucc walk, Buyout Richards... those are the first two steps. Resign Clowe at a discount because of injuries, and then bring in a Bickel/Horton or someone else that is bought out looking to play for a discount and not that many years (LECAVLIER?). I really like our first line, and I am not going to lie that 4th line has some great potential (although I would love to see Miller in the Pyatt/Asham spot). Even that third line with Lindberg could be a fast line with some toughness between Lindberg and Cally (Hags just needs to get a pair of hands).
To me the second line is by far the biggest concern right now... Another reason I don't want Zuccs... he is not a top 6 forward on a Stanley Cup team... thats the harsh reality. However, if you could have a Clowe-Brassard-Horton/Lecavlier line I would love it... To me that has been the biggest problem for... well the last decade for the Rangers... finding a second line that can score..
Lecavlier would also be a huge upgrade to the PP
One team's trash is another team's treasure, except the Flyers. If they are throwing out a player, I'd want him on my team as much as I'd want my daughter dating Wilt Chamberlain! PASS!!!
I wouldn't want Briere on this squad. If anything, I would buy out Richards, and after re-signing the RFA's and Lundqvist make a run at Nathan Horton. He has shown in this year's playoffs that he can be a postseason game changer. If you want to go the cheaper route and take some risk, Stephen Weiss could probably picked up with an incentive laden deal and he could be a nice bounce back player or if we don't re-sign Clowe because of concussion issues or price, Dustin Penner could be a nice addition with some size and playoff experience.
i thought the rangers were finally getting past overpaying old aging players...
also - do we need another eric lindross on our hands with a concussion prone player?
whatever happened to Kristian Huselius? He was a very good point producer on some VERY bad teams (2011 CBJ, early 2000's Panthers).
Mike Cammaleri is officially on the trade block... one year left so he is playing for a contract, and if we dump Richards we can definitely afford him for next year.
dont sign any aging players that either dont show up in the playoffs (iggy) or are walking bandaids (briere). promote from within and look to cultivate the next briere or iggy. i say give richards one more chance to perform. after all, we can always use the buy out on him after this next season.
Briere? Someone here must have a death wish. Aging, injury prone, including concussions, shrimp who consistently takes bad penalties. Be careful when u kick the tires that you u don't break your toes.
I think briere with a new team would light a fire under his butt and he'd be a solid player with a change of scenery...Same goes for richards. I know he's only been here shortly but a new team for him would re-start his engines and he'd also be a better player than this year! Do it Rangers!!!
Two years of briere would be could, of the rumors of Colorado forgoing Seth Jones with the first pick I'd love to see some creativity, maybe DZ Richards and a pick to the Panthers for the number two slot
My thoughts on Briere over Richards also includes the fact that I would want Richards amnestied next summer no matter what. Even if Richards has a bounce back season, do you really want him around at $6.67 million per till 2020? I know I don't.
I think Richards still has plenty in the tank. He's going to be motivated this year to prove he's still a contender in this league. I think we need to hold judgment on this past season just a little, it was a shortened season where most guys didn't think there would be a season at all. To me, it looked like Richards was distracted during the lock out /off season last year with his new clothing line and traveling and enjoying time off. I think this off season will be a different story for Brad Richards. I think if the Rangers keep him then he'll show up ready to go!
@Betweentheworlds Well, yes, injury prone and past their prime. But didn't think LaFontaine and Lindros played badly for the Rangers. They just got hurt and were finished. Kinda like Bure. Bure was pretty good on the Rangers, but then got injured and was done.
@gravey94 and the devils... o wait we finally bucked that trend with them... Anton Stralman, maybe I would reconsider Clarkson... nm hes a piece of crap
@rwblueshirts816 Horton's one headshot away from his career ending.
I like the chance we have at Penner or even bickell, I want briere also good on pp and in playoffs! Also Cullen a fa from min could be a good 3rd or 4 line center rather have briere tho
@rwblueshirts816 Weiss would be an interesting value. Horton would be great, but he's going to command a lot of money.
@mlsranger wisdom resides here.
@mlsranger no the Rangers are passed giving out of their prime stars 10 year 500 million dollar deals. This is just a 2 year rental on a proven player to compliment our lineup, two totally different things. Stop with the Briere has so many concussions crap, he's had ONE.
@IcyCup Unless he gets injured. ;)
@TomSchodowski absolutely not. He did NOTHING in the playoffs when the Pens needed him.
@TomSchodowski iggy has gone from streaky to down-right missing in action. see: pittsburgh, playoffs, 2013.
@shishya100 He takes tons of dumb penalties.
@H Roberts Mullan He did play well for us for a few years, and then had some nagging injuries at the end of his NYR tenure. Of course fans jumped all over him for it.
@Tom Jerhada I think letting DZ go before giving him a shot with Vigneault would be a big mistake. AV plays a much more open system and tolerates mistakes much better than Torts. The more laid back attitude may be what DZ needs instead of Torts' voice in the back of his head every time he touched the ice. Same goes for Kreider, they both have a lot of potential in this new system.
@KevinDeLury It goes without saying that Richards either has 1 year left or none. He's getting amnestied. If he wants to restructure his deal to stick around that would be a different story.
@KevinDeLury When you look at it that way, and consider the new cap restrictions, Briere (for cheap) is the better choice for NYR.
@JonnyHyatt yeah, but Richards didn't play great the previous season either.
@shoot_the_goalie @Betweentheworlds I admit to having a bit of a knee jerk reaction. Though I'm not sold on Danny (given his age and size) if he'd be more of an asset than a liability but if he comes cheap he can score goals...
Pat and Eric are 2 examples of guys who were brought here who were one concussion away from retirement. That's why I posted those names next to Briere. I've since learned that Danny's concussion history is probably not as extensive as those 2. When Lindros was brought here he was a shadow of his former self. "The Freight Train" and center for The Legion of Doom" Possible THE most feared playere of his time - he could score 40, great passer and punishing checker. If you saw him baring down on you you knew the pain was coming, and he was so freakin strong he was breaking guys ribs with his cross check. I'm not so sure the league didn't "rub him out" because of the legacy he earned of hurting players. I think the Scott Stevens hit was really it for him. We knew what we were gettiing with Eric and no, he did not disappoint based upon expectations. He barely hit anyone by that time in his career but chipped in with his still lethal shot. LaFontaine was pretty good here as well, but we got no mileage on him.. His career ended with a collision with his own man fairly early on in his contract. If his head was that fragile it was a terrible decision on his part to play. Hockey's not worth risking a life long injury or death. Thank God he was taken out by a relatively soft blow. My main point here in my original post is we got to stop spending on damaged goods.
@mlsranger @PenaltySh0t they don't work though because they were expected to be big game breakers. We've already got gamebreakers, they just need some assistance, which Briere could be. And if you eliminate interdivision trading/players you now eliminate more than a 4th of the NHL, so you can't have that mentality (unless it's a player like Simon Gagne or David Clarkson). Why is the idea of signing him to a one or two year cheap deal so balked at?