The decision not to buyout Brad Richards has been made, so there's really no sense in getting worked up about it anymore. We all know the huge risk Glen Sather took and we just have to pray the Rangers alternate captain can bounce back while staying healthy.
And it looks like he's already focusing on next season as Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com reports that Richards has been working out with Martin St. Louis in Connecticut lately.
LeBrun notes that after speaking with Richards, he sounded like a man hell bent on proving to people he’s still an elite player.
...this is exactly the report I want to be hearing about Richards. Never underestimate the importance of pride. His has been bruised and he'll be looking to nurse it back to health this season.
...and if he can't turn it around, as we discussed in the comments section yesterday, I think the Rangers stick him in the press box for the remainder of the season as to not risk injury and ineligibility for the compliance buyout next offseason.
While not being able to buyout Richards next season will hurt the Rangers long term, the decision to give him another chance will likely affect them negatively in the short term as well.
As Larry Brooks at the New York Post indicates, after signing Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers will likely have approximately $2 million of wiggle room under the cap, which won't be enough to re-sign Ryane Clowe.
...listen, if Sather really wants to re-sign Clowe, he'll make to the proper trades to open up space to get him back on board. But as has been reported, re-signing Clowe isn't a priority for the Rangers.
I just think Richards thought he was the same Torts he played for in Tampa and it turned out that Torts got worse in his demeanor. I'm not to worried about Richards. He will be back to his old self without the constant barking from behind his back.
richards apparently showed up this season really out of shape and look at this results. This is pretty good news if you ask me
Rumor....Rangers trying to aquire Cal Clutterbuck if they can get so manuerverabiliy. Sounds like trades are coming
Richards has had 2 90pt. and 2 70 pt seasons if that makes him an " elite " player then slap my ass and call me Sally! He is only paid as a elite player who has lost a step or 3 and should no longer be on this team, If he comes back and scores 70+ okay but if he is the 3rd line center how is going to score 70pts?
I am also of the belief that NYR will not sit idle on the sidelines today. This IS the biggest U.S. market and bottom line is to create buzz to sell tickets and oil the marketing machine. I am looking for us to acquire Carolina's 5th pick by trading Staal, combining a 3rd round + roster player to move up to a 2nd round pick, and would not be surprised to see a major roster move (trade).
Elite player??? Try a very good player with an elite player's salary. Even if he has his 3rd 90 pt. season of his career next year he lacks in toughness and defense, which would be OK if his pay wasn't so inflated. Keeping Richey means giving up other talent, probably younger talent to get the toughness needed just to be competitive, never mind cup favorites. What piece of our future will go to keep him??? I like Richey - great guy but this is a business and the numbers just don't add up. Anyway it's done. It's stupid IMHO but it's done. The only consolation is that it will probably mean Slats' job in the end.
I think we will make a couple of moves today. There is no way Slats wants to into the season with only 2 million to spare in cap space. Another issue is to bring in someone to replace Clowe. Team lacks physical presence without him.
I understand even if I don't agree with the move. The thinking that he bounce back to his elite form and can lead us to a cup is apparently too tempting. Yes he knows the system and the players and the coach... Oh wait new coach = be system... Yes he's a proven player who will have a lot to prove, but I still still say it's a huge gamble and hampers the ability to make any other personnel changes. Hopefully slats can trade Pyat, Powe, and ash for some solid grinders. I still think a change for Phaneuf would have been a safer move even in a shaky free agent market he would be a better long term fit. Especially considering the lack of depth on the blueline. Lets hope we arent pulling an Edmonton move and burning slats in effigy if Ritchie flops and can't be bought out next season! Pocklington welcome back in Edmonton yet?!?
Don't be naive and confuse pride with ego, DeLury. We've seen Richards' ego take a hit and negatively effect his play during the past two seasons now...so if he's going to prove anything to his coach, his team, the fans & this city, buyout rumors should have him on his mettle!!
His contract is an albatross though. Do you think the Rangers buy him out next summer even if he does have a good season?
@MikeBlue theyre trying to get deeper at defenseman, trading staal would do the opposite
@JMK8363 I'm obviously trying to put a positive spin on this, but beyond risky.
@JohnPiccini Absolutely. Although, I thought they were going to buy him out this offseason, so who knows.
@JosephCosolito @MikeBlue Now that I've sat with this I'm still pissed off at our Prez/GM but just like our American president he does not make decisions independently, but rather approves or vetoes decisions made by the org. at large. Still he has to answer when the shit hits the fan. Since they decided to keep Richey a lot of maneuvering is going to go on to get competitive so that this plethora of talented but soft players here will have room next year to execute their skills. Expect lots of roster moves