According to Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star, if Brad Richards is bought out by the Rangers he would like to return to Dallas if new Stars GM Jim Nill is willing.
McGran adds that the Maple Leafs, who were also in the Richards sweepstakes two summers ago, could be interested in the Rangers alternate captain.
...guess Richards sees the writing on the wall since he's already contemplating life with another organization.
...makes sense that Richards would be interested in returning to Dallas where he obviously had a tremendous amount of success.
...also with Dallas coming off a disappointing season they might be interested in re-uniting Richards with Loui Eriksson, especially if they can get him on the cheap.
He came, he saw, he did wath he could, now he wants to go "home" Let him, his heart's Not in New York Thank him for ALL he's done and let him go his own way, so be it, back to Dallas (If they want him ??) Should have never let Prust go Sure do miss Dubinshki,,,sigh,,,,water under the bridge, sure do hope we're healthy down in the minor leauge's
The problem with the free agency signing buzz is that Brad Richards was the big fish 2 years ago. Unfortunately for NY he was paid to be a number 1 center. Can't blame a guy for taking the money but Brad was always a #2 Center (see TB). Problem was we didn't have a true # 1. You know you have a good team if Brad is your number 2 or 3 center.
Now we will need a true # 1 center, if it become Stepan we will be in trouble.
Love hearing this, take that money and get Horton
I disagree, unless Boston doesn't win the cup. Never sign a player after they win.
1. They are mentally and physically fatigued.
2 . Cup hangover
3. Their desire to win another is drained unless you're Mark Messier.
4. It's only about the $$$, they won so it's "who cares"?
5. Broken down, injury waiting to happen (again). Has played 1 full season in 7 years.
His best days are behind him.
Its all her fault. Poor bastard didn't stand a chance
Richards seemed lost this season. I think it was more mental than physical Puck giveaways constantly. That's feeling pressure.. He needs to go to a low key hockey town. AJ Burnett is a perfect example
Feh, it's purely "scuttlebutt" aka rumors and gossip. No quotes or real info but interesting none the less.
He seems like a classy, professional guy. Too bad things did not work out this year. Wish him all the best, but the Rangers have to buy him out this year. Too much risk if the don't.
How about them Bruins? Making the Pens look like chokers. Ranger games were closer.
What would be the cap implications of an amnesty buyout versus a trade with the Rangers continuing to pay him X dollars?
regardless of what any one thinks they HAVE TO buy him out to avoid his contract becoming an issue towards the end if he decided to retire in the low money years
If I am not mistaken, we don't have to exercise our amnesty buyout this summer, we can actually use it next summer. In Brad Richards, we have an all star player who had one rough season under a coach who was just fired. Don't you think it might be a little rash to buy him out or trade him right now? I would keep him on one more season to see how it pans out.
He should not be a greedy prick and request a trade rather than waiting until he's bought out and collecting two paychecks.
@stRangers fan why is Stepan a bad number 1 center. He finished 11th in points for centers this year. Step is also a good defender plus is 22. Plus I have had enough of signing playmaking centers in their 30s. If we bring in another mid age center it can only be a short term deal.
@stRangers fan Same for richie
@NYR44 Hey I was gonna say that! LOL!!!
@Josh6 Horton and Bickell!
@_Jack C'mon Jack, you know the offseason is about nothing but "scuttlebutt."
I agree. Its not like the Rangers lost games with 3 or 5 goal deficits ! Except for Game 2.
@pkh33 A buyout would cost about $35 million and the Rangers would still be on the hook for $10 million in signing bonuses. Guess it depends on how much of RIchards salary Rangers would be willing to pay if they traded him.
I think that situation is moot, because no team wants RIchards under contract till 2020.
the contract was a bit ridiculous from the beginning ... this contract guarantees you are going to New York to die one of the horrible, New York, sports career deaths
@ChrisRowan Agreed. While he can easily come back this season with great numbers, it still doesn't make sense financially for the Rangers.
@CJ At this point, Richards might actually want to request a buy-out. If they don't buy him out, and he tanks the first month or 2, the Rangers would almost have to sit him. I'm sure Richards does not want that and it severely decreases his market value. At this point, if he were bought out this summer, teams would at least see him as a player that had a tough season but should bounce back. They would not view him he same way next summer if he had another bad season.
@CJ while thats true, if he gets hurt they can't buy him out ever w no cap penalty.
@RyanMC Here's the thing - the Rangers can't really trade him. If they do and he is bought out later in his contract or retires, part of the cap hit returns to the Rangers no matter what they agree to pay now (another dumb rule of the new CBA). There is no way he's playing that full contract out so even if he had a fabulous year last year, it's almost guaranteed he would be bought out this summer or next. (Kind of like Chicago might have no choice but to buy out Hossa.)
@RyanMC If Rangers are taking advantage of the system with amnesty buyout, why shouldn't he?
I actually think Brassard will develop into our #1 center, unless there's a free agent signing or trade.
Dead on balls accurate. He isn't done yet and deserves a shot at redemption. Your assessment about the lockout shortened season, no training camp and let's not forget he lazy workouts while being active in the Summer Saga..and since we have cap room to take care of our RFA's and still sign some depth, next summer is the time to exercise our final compliance buyout, when there will be more important players needed new contracts and a better FA pool.
@CJ @jgaray @AG_Blue @ChrisRowan And what do you think richie still brings to the team. He can qb the power play his biggest failure since coming here and you want to pay 6.6 for your 3rd line center. Watching the rangers all season you can clearly see stepan and brassard are above him in the depth chart. And if you want another center you can get nathan horton for less money and less years.
you will see the truth when he get bought out and he signs a new deal for around 3 million and 3 years or less. Thats a good deal for him.
Lets be honest Brad Richards is a class act and all he want to do is win. And is not the type of player who comes into camp out of shape just bc of a lockout. He did everything he could to produce but he is no longer the player he was. With the cap going down and alot rfa's their is no way we can risk richards having a bad year getting hurt and we get stuck 6.6 mil for 7 more years
If your right that he played bad cause of no training camp what does that say about him as a veteran. He is not the type of guy that blows off the offseason because of a lock out. He just lost his speed and its only getting worse.
PLus your forgetting two things
1 6.6 mil is alot for a player who is a playmaker finishing out of the top 50 in points last year and outside the top 30 the year before
2 do you have any idea how long the contract is. ???? I don't think you do. 2020!!!!!!!!! yes he will be in his 40s when his contract ends. you think he will be scoring 40 points by then or he retires and we get the cap hit.
and if you want to keep him then pick if you want to give up stepan mcd hank ???
@jgaray @AG_Blue @ChrisRowan I am sure what part of your statement I find more ridiculous, you contention that one bad season makes Richie not a great player, your doomsday predictions about his future numbers or your comparison of him to Dru/Gomez.
Let's start with last season. Without a proper training camp (which clearly fucked him up) and a terrible slump (which clearly fucked him up more) he still put up 34 points. We'll ignore the part where that's only 8 less than Nash had with no one screaming buyout about him, and just go ahead and extrapolate that out to a full season, just over 60 points. In hands down the worst performance of his life Richie still put up 60 points, and you are panicking and calling for a buyout?! Seriously? That's a worst-case-60-point center, dude. They don't fucking grow on trees!
Next, what possible justification do you have for saying he'll never put up over 65 again? Did you have a chat with him wherein he told you that he's lost it and it's never coming back or are you simply clairvoyant? Players' numbers fluctuate all the damn time.
Finally, your comparison to Dru and Gomez. By the time we got him, Dru's knees and back were shot. It's a miracle he lasted as long as he did. His numbers decline had everything to do with the type of game he played and the injuries he had keeping him from playing it. Neither of those applies to Richards, as he doesn't play a heavy, body-throwing, grindy, sacrifice body for the goal/shot block game, and he has no chronic injuries to speak of at this point. Gomez was an arrogant stoner (yes a stoner) with an attitude problem and no work ethic. His game fell off when they named Dru captain, plain and simple. He thought he deserved the C, was butt hurt when he didn't get it, and slacked till he was traded (at which point he was too old/lazy/out of shape to come back.) None of this applies to Richie, who doesn't want the C and works his fucking ass off to stay in shape.
Bottom line is, doing anything right now other than making it clear to Richards that he needs to be READY TO GO next season is dumb. If we buy him out, he will get signed elsewhere and play in a way what will make us regret buying him out.
Also, I have no idea why I am defending Richie as much as I am, except for the fact that I don't like seeing you all shit all over him.
@CJ @AG_Blue There is plenty of downside. Even if your not worried about him getting hurt (which you should be) it is clear that his career is in a decline. Even if he does bounce back he has a cap hit of $6.6 million until he is 40 years old. Thats seven more years with a cap hit that high for a player that is only going to decline in that time. Simply can not pay him that much money to be the player that he has become.
@AG_Blue EXACTLY. We have literally nothing to lose. @ChrisRowan I am really not all that concerned about that. You can't be overly concerned with fringe-possible worst-case scenarios in a situation like this. Richie's upside is way too up not to gamble on it a bit more. I am guessing he has 5 more years as a player in NHL, and he's gonna be pretty great for 4 of those (and he's gonna a great mentor to young players for all of them.) I would rather have him on our bench for those years than on someone else's.
... and we still buy him out at the end of the season
then he still has the rest of the year to heal
AG_Blue, what if he gets hurt during the couple of months you are willing to give him to prove himself?
@JBianco i see. Maybe there is a team that would take Richards along with his salary and cap hit. I don't know, someone like Calgary, Florida, Edmonton... A team that has a lot of cap space but can never sign a Free Agent player of Richards caliber. (hope never dies)
@Medvjed004@RyanMCNew rule. I believe they're nicknaming it the "Luongo Rule". If a player is traded and then bought out, any team he played for during that contract is on the hook. Plus the new team can't amnesty buyout him, would have to be regular buyout. It's mentioned towards the bottom of this page: http://www.capgeek.com/new-cba/
If the rangers did manage to trade him they would have to pay a good amount of his salary. Im not positive how it works but this would have to count against the Rangers cap