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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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Farmer_Ted
Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:25 pm
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:42 pm
 

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

Tavares is the #1 center in Long Island?  Weak.






Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:38 pm
 

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

Stay away from acquiring his rights. If someone wants to pay him the bucks after 7/1, fine. However, I hope that is not L.A.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 6:25 pm
 

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

Didn't you read?  They can't re-sign him thanks to the Tom Hicks debacle.  Blame good ol' Tommy boy, not Stars management.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:24 pm
 

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

The Stars are stupid.  Re-sign this guy and put some other playmakers around him, if you want to rejuvenate the Dallas offense.

What would Dallas really be able to get at this point for Richards ?  A 4-5th round conditional pick?  The time to trade his "rights" was at the trade deadline in February.  The front office was either too greedy or too stupid, if they knew there was a significantly high chance of not being able to re-sign him.



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:48 pm
 

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....



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:27 pm
 

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

hope he comes to minnesota, we are in need(must) of a scorer



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:19 pm
 

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

He isn't going to the Islanders, they could make Richards the next King of England and he wouldn't go to the Islanders.  He has been on a bad hockey team since arriving in Dallas and you can bet he doesn't go to another team that is on a downturn. The Islanders might have all this youth in the system but they are weak on the backend and won't make noisse for another 3 or 4 years.

He isn't going to waste his 30's there.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:39 pm
 

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

I'm sure that any team that can would like to add a player like Brad Richards . As a Leafs fan, I am definately hoping that Brian Burke is thinking the same thing. Richards fits a huge need, and the Leafs have the cap space.

The team needs a top line centre to play in between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul , and assuming Clarke MacArthur is re-signed to keep together the Grabovski-Kulemin-MacCarthur second line that was very productive, all of a sudden the team has two solid scoring lines. Call me a "Homer" if you want, but the addition of Richards would go a long way towards making the Leafs a solid playoff team next year, especially if what we see the same team that showed up for the last quarter of the season; James Reimer in particular.



Farmer_Ted
Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:30 pm
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