The question I've been asked the most since the Rangers announced they weren't going to use their final compliance buyout on Brad Richards this year is what kind of "injury" would make him ineligible to be amnestied next offseason? And Larry Brooks at the New York Post gives us the answer....
"If Richards suffers an injury next year from which he has not recovered by June 30 (and/or would require postseason surgery), he is ineligible to be bought out in what will be the final amnesty buyout opportunity."
...so basically if Richards breaks a bone, pulls a muscle or suffers a concussion and can't pass a team physucal by June 30th he'll be ineligible.
...now a problem that could arise is if the Rangers conclude that Richards is completely healthy but he disagrees. This has happened in the past with players such as Glen Murray (see here) and David Tanabe (see here) who both filed grievances. And we all know that scenario could get real ugly.
...still scratching my head as to why the Rangers would take this chance.
Why do i have this feeling that we are going to be bitten in the ass next season since Glenn decided to not buyout Richards???? I'm sorry, i know we had a shortened season, w/ a packed schedule but Richards was awful!!! I keep hearing the excuse that he showed up this season out of shape. This guy has been in the league since 2000. He is an Alternate Captain on an original 6 team in the NHL and decided w/ the extended off time to NOT get into shape for the season?????? I'd expect that from a younger guy but not a seasoned vet. That scared me and what scares me more is that he never rebounded from this terrible off-season. He continued to play worse till finally being benched. What does Glenn see in him, I don't know but to continue to pay this guy as much as they are, I pray Glenn is right and that he bounces back.
What a huge mistake by the Rangers. I feel bad for the guy but he is not worth even close to his contract. Buy him out and someone else will pick him up and he'll be a key role player for another team. Unless he is guaranteed to score 40 goals a year he is not worth that kind of money.
Huge, huge, huge...mistake.
First, it is an insanely stupid gamble.
Second, LOOK at your team, Glen!!! Hagelin, Cally, Stepan, Zucc, Brassard, Richards, Nash? THIS is the nucleus of players that is going to play ice hockey with the Bruins??? You know this is ice-hockey, not cribbage, right Do you WATCH playoff hockey anymore, or is it on TV just too late for you? Perhaps you just drift off, with porridge dripping down your chin and you dream of hockey in the '80's and wake up thinking that you actually saw the game. There is no other way to explain this. You really don't understand that you can't have a core of skill players and then a few slow tough guys to protect them. This is NOT 1980!!!! The majority of your skill players HAVE TO BE BIGGER AND TOUGHER THEMSELVES IN TODAY'S GAME!!!
Now Glenglen, yes, perhaps these boys will do a little better because each game of a non-shortened season will not have the same intensity of last year. But when the rink shrinks I just hope you are already asleep because your boys are going to be walking into hell and sure they are going to play hard, but they are going to get killed. All, while your dreaming of the game that you loved in the '80's.
Mark my words, the Blue Jackets will go deeper into the playoffs. They are building a team to play in this century. Maybe you should call JD and he can give you some pointers.
He's going to score 70-80 points under AV this year. He's a leader and the younger players love him as a mentor. He wasn't in shape and hell be the first to admit it. He never thought a deal would pass for the lockout to end and he did not training during it. Hagelin Richards Kreider line is going to be an insane third line.
I don't know who this guy is, but April fools right? There is no way we our shopping a 19 year old and arguably our top prospect for depth players... That would just add to Sather's career worst offseason.
This team will always be a borderline playoff team scraping to get in on the last day as long as Sather makes these coma induced decisions.
Devils fans are already laughing at the rangers for this. Laughingstock yet again. It's only going to get worse when Hank leaves...
Typical Rangers, they went back to their late 90's concept where they didn't make the playoffs for like 7 years and signed old beat up used players looking to score one final payday.
Now they are strapped..LOL!!
Once again, they will be soft as vanilla yogurt and more likely boring to watch. If Henrik was smart he would get the hell out of here and go to a cup contender.
I guess that's the fun part being a Rangers fan, it's like rooting for the Cubs......you keep dreaming...dreaming for something good to happen but we all know the reality. I can see the Islanders being the darling of this town within 2 years.......
Let's be clear, having Richards play another season is no more of a gamble than paying Hank a huge contract. The gamble in my view would be to count on Stepan and Brassard to be the undisputed top 2 centers. Neither of them has proven they can excel in that role over a full season with other teams keying on them. Glimpses for sure, but nothing proven. This season will tell a ton about all 3 and give the Rangers a better idea if whether or not they need to again search for a top line center. Making any decision based on the body if work in a lockout season would have been the rash decision!
One problem in NYC is that there isn't a single beat writer who has the cajones to denounce Sather and his terrible mgmt.. It remains for the fans to do the heavy lifting and we're not getting it done unfortunately. In other cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal the press is much more courageous.
Richards is untradable. Who would take on that contract especially for a declining player. Sure there would be serious interest in Richards around the NHL if he were bought out, but only because the risk exposure on a new deal would be minimal. This was another terrible decision by mgmt based on the delusion that the Rangers are cup contenders.
The only hope I have going forward, is that Sather has some sucker on the line (as in Gomez Part Deux) in a trade. Could be Dallas. Sather goes from goat to hero, adding to his legacy..........yea, right.
Who the heck is hoping for an injury? Just pointing out the risk the Rangers are taking by not buying him this year.
So you're thinking injury instead of a revival under an new head coach? I'd rather see him preform like he's supposed to and lead them to a Cup instead of hoping for an injury.
Well rumors indicate ranger brass were split on this u know some said can him others said keep him. I bet u Dolan had alot to do with this and not wanting to eat all that money while he's killing it with the flyers and still being paid by us.
the more I think about not buying out Richards, the more I lean to it being the wrong move. Wonder how Stepan or Brassard are going to feel getting kicked out of the top 6, after they have revitalizing career years, for a washup who's going to get spoonfed minutes to "find his game". Pretty fucked up if you ask me.
this is such a dumb, low reward gamble. I do not get it. I hope Sather has a change of heart. someone in this organization has to have a brain. tell him this is a terrible idea!!!
Great words of wisdom said with swagger and smack…..very few will get it unfortunately. Why don’t we all ask ourselves the following question:
Watching the final four playoff series what did you learn about what the Rangers need to do to win The Stanley Cup in the next five years???????
That is a logical reason for the decision. BUT it is more risky than committing to Henrik based on current performance levels. While I agree with you about the other two centers this is a major risk that can have devastating results for at least a few seasons down the line. Being responsible for a 38 year old center at that price who's already shown dings in the armor at 32 is scary from an overall roster management level
@gravey94I am not sold on neither Stephan or Brassard. Too small and fragile. Number 1 centers should be your teams best players and big and strong. These guys would be number 2 or 3 centers on a cup contender. If these guys are going to be relied on heavily we are in trouble, this is like having Kelly Kisio and Darren Turcotte as your best centers......sheeeesh!!
@shishya100 Nice call!
@shishya100 Scott Gomez was untradeable too. As I stated, it's the only hope I have!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Typical dumb Sather move. As I blogged yesterday,this will come back and bite us in the butt.We're the laughing stock of the NHL community.
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 No problem. Always great to interact with ACTUAL fans! Totally agree on the coaching. A coach needs to inspire as a whole, the Captain needs to be able to then take that to the individual level. Hopefully we have both in AV and Cally. Looking forward to a great season in '13-14'!!
@gravey94 @EHBIGAPPLE Hey!....thank you for your ideas. I appreciate the time and effort you put into presenting them....clear and concise. I have been a native NY'er Ranger fan for a long time and now live out in the desert. I always want to learn more and appreciate more the great game of hockey and of course,the NY Rangers. You made a contribution to me here. I want to acknowledge that!
We see things alike. Perhaps I might add that I know from experience a great/exceptional/inspirational coach (and they are few and far between!) can have a significant impact on a team's success.
@EHBIGAPPLE @gravey94 I am Scotty Bowman...LOL! If I truely knew what it takes to win the Cup, I'd be a much more wealthy man than I am. But just to play GM for a bit, here's what I think: You need a team that plays well in the regular season. 15 of the past 20 Cup winners finished in the top 2 of their conference. This means you need to have a team that knows how to win a game and how to finish off teams. 2 years ago, the Rangers did that. This past year, not so much. You need guys you can count on for big/clutch goals and those guys need to show up in the playoffs too. 7 of the last 10 Conn Smythes were one of their team's top players. Rangers best offensive players have been no shows the past 2 years, overall. Obviously you need a more than capable goalie and a stingy defense, but you also need a balanced offense. Not necessarily a 20 goal 3rd liner, but a 3rd & 4th line that can score timely goals and generate energy. They had zero offense this year and their 3rd and 4th lines were nearly invisible. You also need leaders than can inspire. Cally & Girardi do it by sacrificing their bodies, but there's nobody that does it by scoring the big goal when needed. I also firmly believe you need people that have been there. That''s severely lacking on the Rangers as currently constituted. And finally, you need to avoid the injury bug. The Rangers have not done that the past 2 years, L.A. and Chicago both did.
I honestly do believe this team is close. I would not mind seeing some of the role players swapped out for other similar players that have Cup experience (e.g., Pyatt, Powe, 6/7 d-man, etc.). I think they have a ton of talent that can score, but they need to step up and do so. To me, this is a seminal year for the core. If Stepan, McDonagh, MDZ, Moore, Hags, Kreider, and Brassard continue to improve and Cally, Nash, Richards, and others do what they've historically done, then this team will be legit. If not, then the bras will need to figure out where the mix is not working and be willing to part with assets to fix it. There's no magic bullet or player that can get them a Cup. It's all depends upon the chemistry that this team can build in a full season together with their coach. Stay tuned!
@gravey94 I have been following your posts for the last six months and time and time again you have demonstrated a deeper, firmer and more strategic understanding of the game that goes beyond "a firm grasp of the obvious". So my invitation to you and anyone else who might post here, including Kevin, is assume you are a Hockey Consultant named Scotty Bowman (the one who no longer works for the Hawks....yep, that one!) And simply share your ideas on how The Rangers can win the Cup over the next 5 years......based on your view of the final four teams in this year's playoffs.........Please!