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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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Comments

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 5:19 pm
 

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

I'm a fan of Joe Nieuwendyk, but he put his team behind the 8 ball by not trading Brad Richards at the trade deadline. I know that the Dallas Stars were playoff contenders at the dead line, but there comes a point when a GM must make a harsh decision. Either go all out to make the playoffs that season, or deal their biggest asset, a pending UFA for a package of picks, prospects and players. Restocking the system is ALWAYS the way to go when the team is under going ownership problems.

Cutting salary and gathering talent is the best way to keep your job should ownership change and decide to make changes to management personel.

For those that are cutting up Brad Richards for "only being a 90 pt guy", you need to realize that a 90 pt guy is a top 10 forward. Hell Richards finished 10th in scoring with 77pts despite missing time due to a concussion. All told he's a point per game player and he'll be paid like one.

There are a handful of teams that could use a player like Richards on their rosters, but his high pay scale and desire to play for a title contender makes the list a short one, of course there is always the off chance that he takes the biggest pay day available regardless of title aspirations to be "The Man".

On the flip side of the coin, let's take into consideration how far Loui Eriksson's stock will fall this season in fantasy drafts and in terms of actual NHL trade value. Will Mike Ribero be able to fill the void left by Richards if the Stars are unable to get anything in return for his rights? If Ribero can will he able to elevate Jamie Benn's play to further offset the loss of Richards? And so on and so forth...

There's alot more to consider for a team when they're about to lose their best player for nothing come July 1st.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:39 pm
 

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

BTW, how the heck is TB even considered in the running for this guy?  Unless the rights coem at the cost of say St Louis?  They are so cap strickened that I find it hard to see how they can even keep Stamkos.  That LeCavalier deal was just too much for them to swallow



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:38 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



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:52 am
 

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

  HEY Farmer_Ted you're wrong.  YOU dont care about the opinions I keep posting because youre a d-bag Isles fan and you know that your team still sucks.  I'll post whatever I feel like posting about your sucky hockey team and you can keep throwing out the irrelevant stat that 30 + years ago they won 4 Cups.  As if you were even watching them back then. 





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:31 pm
 

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

I agree, the Sabres will make a serious run at him.  They really need a #1 center.  I expect NYR and Tampa to have the inside track initially because of his ties with Tortorella and his days with the Bolts.  But that can be overcome.  It's time for Pegula to put his money where his mouth is.

I'm the furthest thing from a Leaf fan there is but I think the Leafs have a huge edge here.... Richards is Canadian and hasn't played for a Canadian team yet.  The Leafs are not only Canada's team but a hockey crazed city that lives and breathes hockey day and night.  The fact they have almost unlimited cap space to give Richards anything he wants make the decision easy..... I'll be very surprised if Richards isn't a Leaf on July 1st....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:27 pm
 

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

Hogan.  You aren't going to see Richards waive his no trade clause and if you nobody will trade very much for him.  He's the prize free agent this year and still young enough to do some serious damage in the NHL... why would Richards agree to a contract with anybody prior to July 1st???  Not one UFA in the NHL traded recently prior to July 1st compares to Richards.... all had something to lose if they wait... Richards has nothing to lose at all... he'll wait until July 1st and let the bidding begin..... When you have teams like the Rangers and Leafs with cap room that desperately need a center of his caliber, there is no risk for Richards to wait... he's not waiving anything...



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:43 pm
 

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

I agree, the Sabres will make a serious run at him.  They really need a #1 center.  I expect NYR and Tampa to have the inside track initially because of his ties with Tortorella and his days with the Bolts.  But that can be overcome.  It's time for Pegula to put his money where his mouth is.



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:58 pm
 

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

sorry everyone but this guy will be a buffalo sabre the new owner wants him and he has more money to offer then any other team.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:56 pm
 

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

Richards TO bound YA!!!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 5:50 pm
 

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

Argo.. I never said anyone would in fact offer up anythin for Richards rights.  Since he is the only real prized center in this upcoming FA i can see it happening.  Unfortunitley I could see my leafs being stupid enough (as the usually always are) and trading a 2nd.. say the one they just got from boston in the kabarle deal?  While I hope that's not true, it wouldnt surprise me.  I wasn't trying to step on your feet, or stir the pot. I was simply stating the fact that with most teams locking up players long term.. when a good one is due to be a FA, it seems teams will do anything to get a first chance at signing...


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