Brad Richards admitted to Larry Brooks at the New York Post that he has not yet been informed of the Rangers decision to buy him out or not...
“I would love to be back but I haven’t been told anything. That’s the truth.”
Apparently, Richards was responding to a Twitter rumor that stated he told his caddie during a Sunday round of golf with Mark Messier that he knew he would be back in New York next season.
With the Stanley Cup Finals ending last night, the time frame in which the Rangers can officially buy Richards out begins in less than 48 hours and concludes on July 4th.
...you know journalism as we once knew it is dead when a Rangers beat writer has to question a player based on a Twitter rumor. There were even main stream sports media outlets reporting Richards wasn't going to be bought out based on a tweet from a guy who says he knows the caddie. Way to investigate.
...and I believe Richards. I'm not 100% convinced the Rangers have come to a consensus on what to do with their alternate captain yet. Especially with a new coach just being announced. While AV won't have a huge say in the decision, I'm sure Sather is having discussions with the new head coach about what kind of role Richards could have this season.
...another huge factor in the decision will be who they're going to replace him with. I've seen a couple of you guys throwing around the names of young guys like Lindberg, but penciling in a young European player with exactly zero games played in North America isn't always the smartest decision. And I'm not convinced JT Miller can be counted on for 82 games. I assume both will be called up at some point next season, but I'm not sure they're ready for full time duty.
...possible replacements could be Florida UFA Stephen Weiss, who is coming off a tough year on the scoreboard (1g, 3a, -13 in 17 games) and in the medical room (season ending wrist injury) or Danny Briere who will be bought out by the Flyers. The Rangers should be able to sign either of these guys relatively cheap ($3M per) and short term.
Steve Zipay at Newsday mentions the Rangers could look at other teams' buyout candidates to fill the void left by Richards including Vinny Lecavalier and Shawn Horcoff.
Zipay adds that Calgary could be a landing spot for Richards if he's amnestied because of his ties to GM Jay Feaster who held the same position with the Lightning.
No question. The Rangers have to buy out Richards. We have a lot of good young talent at the position. Trades can be made, Free Agents can be signed. Missing a buyout opportunity like this would handicap the organization for the next decade.
We are a better team if Richards is bought out.
I fully expect Richards to bounce back and play like he did a year ago. Still, where he was a year ago was not worth $6.6M. For $6.6M we can resign Clowe, as well as sure up the D or get another center.
Question: does a team need player(s) on the roster with a ring in order to make a legit run? If Richards is a goner I think the only other Cup winner is Asham.
The Hawks were my pre-season pick - what a way to win it!!!
Doesn't seem like Richey gets bought out - hope I'm wrong, not because I don't think he can still play on a high level, just feel like we need to clear some space to get some grit and muscle on this team and he was given a ridiculous contract.. We got enough talent without him if we can still play shut down D under the new coach but we need to be stronger, meaner and tougher if we want to get the big prize. this is the NHL!
The thing I am starting to realize is that you have to win it before the core of your team is over the age of 30. Hank is already there, Cally and Girardi are close, and Staal keeps getting injured. The truth of the matter is we had our best season in almost 20 years the year before this one, and guess what the Devils were still better than us. The only way we can solve this problem and win a cup in my mind is by firing Sather and changing the theme of our organization. Give the reigns to Gorton and let him make a "Hockey team"... not just a bunch of players that go out there to get a paycheck and then go get a fancy dinner after the game!!!
1. I like Lecavlier... we can get him cheap and he must have a huge amount of PP points, and obviously has the experience of getting to and winning the Cup.
2. Why not the young players. Lindberg is a stud, and wins wherever he goes... whether it is the SEL or in world championships. Look, after seeing the Hawks win the Cup again it is pretty clear to me that if you don't win the cup with your main guys before they turn 28, the chances you have for winning a Cup with them plummet. The Hawks have 2 cups with Kane and Toews before they are 26... those two guys could end up winning 4 or 5 before we win one... I think its time for a new strategy... Play the Young guys, instead of trading them.
They're not going to buy out Richards because of a 48 game performance, they MIGHT do it because of the contract this week. My guess is they will not buy him out, hope he snaps back to form in the first month or 2 of the season, and then try to trade him for some picks and/or mid-level prospects to teams that can afford him and need a boost (Jets, Blues, Sens, Flames, or Sather's favs the Blue Jackets). Sure there's a risk of injury, but I can't imagine Sather being able to stomach "giving away" a Conn Smythe winner and a guy who puts up 60+ points because he had a bad lock-out shortened season. He's going to want to get something back and he'll take the risk to do so.
HES GOTTA GO , HES SLOW , OLD and too expensive and not putting up any numbers or stats !! 86 him immediately !
Regardless of a possible replacement, Richards has to go because of all of the things discussed ad nausem..... contract, inability to amnesty next year if he gets hurt, etc.
Gotta buyout Richards. It'd be nice to give him one more year to turn it around but the risk of injury is too great. Having his deal on the books would cripple this franchise for 7 years. SEVEN YEARS.
I like the idea of Weiss, always been a big fan of his.
How about if we trade Richards for Lecavalier and then we buy out Lecavalier and the Lightening buy out Richards and then we get our guys back on the cheap? Cheesy but is it against the rules?
if Richards gets bought out I'd love to know everyone's thoughts on bringing prospal back for another tour of duty for 1 year. he actually had a really good year last year with 30 points in the full 48 game season! 4th line minutes maybe bring him back with the agreement that he will be healthy scratched some nights to keep him fresh and lindberg/miller can take his spot on those nights? I think he could be had on the cheap!
i know that this might be dumb on Richards' part cause he would leave money on the table, but if he really wants to be in NY, can they come to an agreement where he stays the season and doesnt perform again that they restrucre his deal, maybe shorten it to another 1-2 seasons and cut the money to maybe 3mil per (if that). Just a thought...is it even possible?
Keep him for next season. I still think there's some hockey left in Richards, plus I'm not one to judge a player based on a lockout shortened season. I'd like to see how Richards looks with a training camp and with a new coach. If things still don't look like they're working, then the only option would be to scratch him for the season or see if Sather can trade him for cheap. There aren't any free agents this year that catch my eye, and I'm not exactly interested in Brier or Weiss.
As for next season though, there are some interesting options in free agency, as well as our own guys we need to sign. So I guess what I'm saying, keep Richie one more year, if he plays well, keep him around for the run but buy him out at the end of the year. If he doesn't play well, scratch him and buy him out or maybe try to trade him.
When removing something that threatens your future, replacement is irrelevant.
The Patriots: would buyout Richards, no press release
The Jets: would keep Richards, press release stating that he may play goalie too, coach would get a tattoo of Richards holding his wife's shoe
The Mets: would try and trade for Richards while offering him an extension - forgetting that he was already their own player
The Rangers: ???
Ranger fans, we will learn a lot about the Rangers organization as this resolves. I don't think it is an opinion at this point that Richards will NOT fulfill his contract years at all, let alone at a level anywhere near that which merits the money. If Sather messes this up, it is very likely back to just watching box scores for me for a few years for I've been to this party before and I 'm not wasting time watching a floundering team which can't seem to find the right answers to the simplest of questions.
I fail to see any positives in bringing him back.
I don't want to sign another underperforming veteran.
Play the rooks, they can't possibly be any worse.
Do you remember how awful Richards was?
@_Jack As much as I love that he won a cup 7 yrs of cap headaches is not worth it. The Rangers can afford a buyout and there is very little negative to buying him versus keeping him on the books.
@gravey94 I normally agree with you Gravey, but no way they risk getting some return on a trade that no team in the cap world would make. Richards cap hit is a disaster for any team. I think almost every team in this league would buy him out, except for the Coyotes cause they couldn't afford to.
@gravey94 We all have to pray we don't trade him because if he retires before forty which he most certainly will we will get stuck with the cap recapture advantage clause which means we will have to pay for the years his cap hit was lower than his salary which will be a substantial... BUY HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@gravey94 Agreed. Buyout will have everything to do with contract, not performance last season.
@Scott_from_Jersey I like Weiss too. If we can get him for $3.5-4m per, I'd take it, but only if we free cap room with Richie.
@greggray24 Looks like someone found a loophole. All that would need to get done before July 5th though.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I like Prospal as well think he would be a good player for cheap
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Prospal and Brassard could have a competition on who has the better post goal celebration.
@mlsranger CBA doesn't allow renegotiation of guaranteed contracts. He also can't terminate his contract and then sign a new deal with NYR as that would be circumventing the cap system. NHL would never approve it.
@mlsranger Can't restructure contracts in the NHL
@JoshKaye everything is cap related here none of us believe Richards is a bad player... he's actually pretty good however if he doesn't get bought out think of this:
1. The obvious he gets injured and we can't buy him out without a cap hit.
2. He retires before the end of his contract (40 years old) then we get hit with the cap recapture advantage clause look it up we would have to pay for the years when he made more than his cap hit.
3. We trade him and he retires before the end of his contract then WE still get hit for the cap recapture advantage clause.
SO WE HAVE TO BUY HIM OUT!!!!!!!!
@JoshKaye And if he gets injured and becomes ineligible for the buyout?
@jmacwilli The Rangers: Will buyout Richards, but in a year or two will find another over the hill center and give him a huge contract.... but they wont have another buyout like they did with Gomez, Drury, and now Richards... Ugh oh...
@supermaz ...Playing the rooks could possibly be worse when we're a team looking to win the Stanley Cup next season.
@supermaz I also remember how clutch he was the year before that. While ultimately I feel he should be bought out, it has more to do with his contract than his poor performance during a lockout shortened season. If it wasn't for the injury clause I wouldn't just want him back this coming season I'd be demanding it.
What type of injury must he sustain in order for the buyout ineligibility? A season ender or like, back spasms or what...
@gravey94 @Ranger Dave The risk with not buying him out now is that he gets injured. Yes we can buy him out next year, but the buyout period is so small that if gets injured in the playoffs there is almost no way he will be health by the time the buyout period ends. The least risky move is to buy him out now.
The flyers made two big buyouts and I think that if your organization can afford it. You just do it. I also believe its better to buy him out this year and free up the cap space so you can start building a team without him. The core now is Nash, Stepan, Cally, McD, Girardi and Lundqvist.
@_Jack Assuming anyone on IR at the end of the season.