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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 27, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 5:22 pm

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

that would be pretty cool to have brad back,  but they need to take care of their own first

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 5:05 pm

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

Hogan--Oh, it's actually happened in baseball, too.  About 20 years ago, the Phillies traded something or other to the Twins for the free agency rights to Tom Herr.  Of course, there were unusual circumstances there (Herr lived just 65 miles from Philadelphia).  And I suppose for all we know there may be unusual circumstances here involving some club or other.  And--maybe you didn't read that far--didn't I specifically say that the main way it could conceivably happen would be if a club were prepared to offer Richards something so far above what the regular market would that he couldn't refuse?  So, "brother," just which club do you think is going to do that?  And if none will, on just  what basis do you think some club will give Dallas anything--whatever other unrelated instances may have occurred in the past?

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 4:14 pm

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

@argo444   You do realize this has happend in the past right?  Philly traded for Hamhuis last year... then trading him to the Pens... only for him to sign with Vancouver.  Jay Bouwmeester was traded from Florida to Calgary for signing rights.. that one worked out.. And although this never happend... The Montreal Canadians offered their 1st round pick and Mikhail Grabovski for Mats Sundins rights.... Sundin has a no-trade and would not waive... even though the season had expired, and he was not going to re-sign with the leafs.  So to suggest that no one will trade picks or prospects for signing rights, you couldn't be further from the truth.  Welcome to the NHL brother

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 3:17 pm

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

Why would any team give up anything to Dallas just for the theoretical right to negotiate for a few weeks?  Richards is under no obligation to negotiate with anyone in that time--and certainly not with any team that he never previously chose to play for in the first place--and can just thumb his nose at any such team.  And why wouldn't he, rather than deprive himself of the opportunity to see what he can get on the open market?  Are we supposed to seriously believe that such a team would offer him a contract so far in excess of his anticipated market value that he would jump at the chance to take it?  Somehow I don't think so.  And if they're not, then what's the point in giving up any draft or other compensation to Dallas, no matter how small?

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:15 am
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:06 am

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

I agree..completely-the Leafs have not spent that much the past few years, waiting for the big fish to be dangled..this is their time..GET THE NET, THIS IS A BIG ONE!!!

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 8:55 am

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

I'm gonna laugh when the Islanders dont make the playoffs again.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 1:51 am

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

As much as i hate to say it, I think Richards ends up in Toronto next year!
Nope. Richards stated quite emphatically in the days heading into the trade deadline that he would not accept a trade to Toronto - so why would he sign there as a free agent?

My guess - New Jersey. Lou has a great chip in Parise to trade (because he already has another version of Parise locked up looooong term with Kovalchuk), and bring in a set-up guy for Ilya. Further, maybe Lou can move Rolston with Parise and knock another 5million+ off the books. A decent goaltending prospect in return, plus a lower draft pick or two...too much for Parise and Rolston?

Should be some interesting moves any way you shake it (but won't be Toronto)!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 1:13 am

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

the red wings will definitely be in there as contenders for richards. they have the money and richards would take less money to play there with the ownership being so stable, championship calibur team, etc. anyways. wait and see i guess....

Can't see it happening.  The Wings have defence to worry about on July 1st, I can't imagine they'll even think about signing Richards. Rafalski retired, Ericsson is an UFA and so is Salei I believe.  If the Wings are going to spend money, that's where it has to be. 

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 12:16 am

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

As much as i hate to say it, I think Richards ends up in Toronto next year!

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