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Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 1:17 pm

Brad Richards, perhaps the best available player on what is a down unrestricted free-agent market, will not return to Dallas next season. That much we know at this point.

Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said Thursday that the team is interested in trading the negotiating rights of Richards before the open season on free agents begins on July 1. Dallas is currently in the process of changing ownership groups, and Richards -- who went through the same thing in Tampa Bay -- isn't interested in sticking it out to wait for the new owners.

"We have had talks with Brad throughout the year, and he's not going to sign with us unless we have the ownership situation resolved, and it doesn’t look like that's going to happen by the start of free agency," Nieuwendyk said. "So while we could have discussions, it just doesn't make much sense right now. So we would like to see if we could get something for his rights and allow another team to have a chance to sign him, but a lot of that is up to Brad and his agent."

What's up to the agent is a full no-trade clause that Richards possesses. Naturally the Stars would like to get something in return for some team getting the exclusive rights for a few weeks. Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News:

"Accepting a move to another team creates an obligation, and you have to be pretty sure about that obligation. I think Brad has to do what's best for himself and keep his options open," Richards' agent Pat Morris said.

There were plenty of rumors around the trade deadline surrounding Richards, but obviously the Stars didn't find any to their liking. They also tried to give the centerman an extension a few months ago.

"We felt we made a very fair and honest effort to sign Brad before the trade deadline, but the ownership situation is a real sticking point, and so we have to deal with that," Nieuwendyk said.

Richards, a nine-year veteran, led Dallas this season in points with 77 that included 28 goals -- a career high -- and 49 assists.

Among the teams that will likely be interested in acquiring Richards will be the New York Rangers. If they aren't able to convince Richards to waive his control, then they will probably be waiting on July 1. The return value to Dallas wouldn't have to be much -- again, it is just looking for something -- but it's worth noting the Rangers do not have any second-round picks in this month's draft after this week's acquisition of Tim Erixon in a trade with the Flames.

His former team in Tampa could show some interest in bringing him back, too.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:53 am

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

How many assists does he have compared to goals.  Not everyone is a goal scorer MORON!  25 goals and 80-90 assists on an average per year equals a pretty good hockey player.   Drury was brought for his defensive and pk abilities.  The fact that 1 year he scored a bunch of points doesn't make him an elite scorer like everyone seems to think he is.  His time is up in the NHL anyways.  How well have the Sabres done in the last 5 years?????  Oh ya.  Don't knock teams, when yours isn't any better

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:17 pm

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

Best years are behind him.  He's shown he's not a game changer he needs players around him.  Too much money

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:09 am

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

although he'd fit right in with the NYR....perenially overpaying washed up big name veterans who don't produce.....hmmm I wonder why Chris Drury became a star in Buffalo then goes to NY and becomes irrelevant....must be the great system you guys have down know, spend to the cap every year and make the playoffs as a 7 or 8th seed every 5 years....glad that's working for ya...hahaha

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:02 am

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

Why do you people care about Brad Richards???  He's been the most over-paid and over-rated player in the NHL since he's arrived.  He scored 28 goals last year and it was a CAREER HIGH?  Really?  This guy makes mad money to score in the mid-20 goals each year?  And we all know he isn't known for his 2-way ability and defense prowess.  It's not like, "Oh Brad Richards may not score a ton but he's super valuable for his leadership, 2-way play, and toughness".  Please - Brad - a real character guy that jumps ship for the highest bidder.  The only team with the true funds to pay this guy is the Buffalo Sabres.  But we have no use for this slug.  There will be a few blockbusters witnessed this offseason by Pegula Nation, and hopefully none include Brad Richards. 

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:22 am

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

If the price is right in trade, and Richards can take 5-6 million a season, the Islanders should inquire. They need both a veteran presence with Doug Weight retiring AND the Islanders need for a second line center who can score and play with Michael Grabner. John Tavares is the #1, Richards would not bump him to the second line.

Brad Richards could be that guy.....the Islanders need to inquire.


The Isles have not progressed in 4 years, why the hell would he want to sign with the team? The Isles play in a really difficult division and arent even a fringe playoff team. They are slowly heading in the right direction, why the hell would he want to go through a rebuilding process. Come on homer, you dont honestly think he would sign there, regardless of how much money the Isles throw his way.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:16 pm

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

Sorry all you fans down there in the South.  Including the NYR, I can see Richards coming up to Canada and helping his buddy Brian Burke out in Toronto. Besides the Rangers are strong down the middle and may opt to chase a free agent defensemen.  BB needs to make a big splash and get his team out from under the Kessel trade from a few years back and get the leafs back into the playoffs.  No better way than with Brad Richards as your new #1 center.Laughing

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:56 pm

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

Sorry as a Sabres fan I don't see the attraction to this guy.  He's never been more than a 90 point player just a few times in his career.  He's a minus 72 player for his career and doesn't really show signs of being a great face off guy(just about .500 win %last year).  While I agree we need a #1 center, I don't think jumping after the only viable option is the answer.  Pegula has money, but just like the Rangers, if he doesn't spend it wisely, it doesn't matter how much money he has.  All teams function under the same cap and if we give a guy like Richards who will probably be a 70 point guy in the blue and gold uni 5 to 6 million a season, it doesn't leave much room for other players.  I say the only way you trade for his rights is if you can lock him up 3 years 15 mil and trade Staffords 4 year 16 mil contract in the process.  Otherwise I'm not interested

3 years and 15 mill aint happening so you can be releived that your Sabres will not be getting a VERY good player.

Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:05 pm

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

tampa is increasing their cap room along with ticket prices this year, plus they are asking bergenheim purcell and gagne to take a lower salary. if gagne doesnt take one the bolts will dump him and go for richards...thats at least what i read in the paper this much rather have richards than an injury prone gagne personally

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:49 pm

Stars won't re-sign Richards, look to deal rights

Don't blame Nieuwendyk. He kept Richards for the run to try and make the playoffs and his team blew it in the last game of the season(for all teams). If they made the playoffs at least or even beat Vancouver it would have seemed very intelligent in keeping him at the deadline.

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