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Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 6:33 pm

Brad Richards will become an unrestricted free agent after all.

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk made it no secret that he was looking to trade Richards' rights to somebody hoping to sign the top free-agent center after it was clear Richards wouldn't be returning to Dallas. But on Thursday he told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that Richards won't waive his no-trade clause and thus will hit the open market on July 1.

"It's disappointing, but you move forward and work on the next issue," Nieuwendyk told Heika.

It was announced a few weeks back that Richards' time in Dallas was done as the uncertain ownership situation was unsettling to him. Considering he had a no-trade clause, it's not surprising that Richards elected to go the route of full-on free agent and take the right to pick his destination of choice. It's just that the Stars were hoping to get something in return for Richards.

So get ready for the Richards sweepstakes, because they figure to be the busiest of the offseason. Fans of the Rangers have been salivating at the opportunity to put Richards in blue, but his former team in Tampa Bay as well as Toronto figure to be in the thick of things, too. Up until today, the Kings were also believed to be coveting Richards, but they landed another center named Richards, Mike from Philadelphia, and that need was taken care of.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:16 am
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Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:33 pm

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA


learn how to spell and form sentences. i almost threw up when reading you pitiful post. please learn proper english/grammar before posting again.

ps   the rangers suck, thanks for taking drury, keep trying to buy another cup. i hate ny

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:29 pm

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

 If Richards magically signs a 2-3 yr deal with the rangers im fine with that but we dont need him for more than that.  

Obviously I can't be certain and neither can anybody else but I'll be blown away if Richards signs anything less then a 6 or 7 year deal.  He's already been quoted as saying this will most likely be his last contract so he's going to demand a long term deal.  And considering there isn't a forward much less a center available as an UFA this year nearly as good as he is you have to believe it's going to take a lot to sign him.  There are a few teams that badly need a number 1 center.... and it only takes two for a bidding war to begin.   

The only way I would actually not be as shocked at a shorter deal is if a true contender magically found a way to get under the cap and sign Richards.  He's in a rare situation in the sense he's entering unrestricted free agency coming off a deal where he was making 7 million per season... very few players his age can say that.  But what true contender could use him and/or stay under the cap to afford him, even if only for 3 seasons?  The Pens? Doubt it.  The Wings? No way.  Vancouver? Can't see it.  Chicago?  Highly doubt it.   Who else?

I still say the Leafs sign him....

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:58 am

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

I am a Rangers fan, i dont think we NEED Richards.  Yes he is a good player, yes he can score and play make which is what gaborik needs but Richards wants money and we have that yes but he wants long term.  We only need 2 years out of him and maybe only one.  They Stephan is gonna be a huge playmaker and hes gonna be 20 goal scorer and 60-70 assists and with Richards we will not see if Stepan is a #1 center and i belive he is.  Also now with resigning a lot of Restricted F/A we dont have much room to sign him.  Our tops 3 re-signings are gonna be dubi callahan and anisomov. Also i think we have a few defensemen to sign.  Unless we get of Avery... who no one else wants its gonna be tough to move around salary.  We have alot of kids coming up and we dont need Richards.  With drury gonna be taking up dead space until the begining of the season we have no salary cap to get him.  I think the Rangers may make a pitch at fleshman however you spell it or maybe even Brooks Lacich.  Also Tampa i think he using as bate to get Toronto and even the Rangers to offer more because Tampa has alot of used cap space also they have to sign Stamkos and they have lecavlier's huge cap hit and also St Louis's cap hit taking up space so i dont see them going after him with the left over money, i think they are gonna go after a goalie like Vokun.  If Richards magically signs a 2-3 yr deal with the rangers im fine with that but we dont need him for more than that.  

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:44 am

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

I'm not going to argue in favor of Brad Richards in Philly, as much as I'd like to see it happen, the money doesn't match up.  Like redwings stated, the Flyers have a few too many to get into camp before worrying about somebody like Richards who will absolutely command a solid $7 million plus per season.

However, keep in mind that Philly will most likely move Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton to get them off of the salary cap portion of their roster.  I would also anticipate that Paul Holmgren will look to move Jody Shelley (useless to team) and Ian Laperriere (concussions ending his career) which would clear another $2.3 million off the books.  I would expect they let Darroll Powe walk away as an RFA so the team can re-up with Andreas Nodl, Jakub Voracek, and Wayne Simmonds (unless they have deals worked out to sign and ship them elsewhere).

I would expect that during the draft the Flyers will go from being $7.6 million under the cap with players to sign to somewhere around $8 or $9 million under the cap with the same number of players to resign.

Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:05 am

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

They couldn't pull off a trade because Richards wouldn't drop his no trade clause.  You could think whatever you want about the Dallas Management, but unless Richards dropped that clause he couldn't be traded anywhere.

I don't blame Richards for not dropping it.  He can now negotiate with anyone.  He could have done Dallas a favor and took a trade, but then he would have looked like a jerk for not signing with whatever team he said he could be traded to because you know he wanted to hit the open market and get a BIG contract.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:56 am

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

Dallas gets everything they deserve on this one.  They couldn't pull off a trade at the deadline, couldn't persuade someone to trade for Brad Richards' rights, and now will abandon him to free agency and get... nothing.  It's the mark of a bad organization that they couldn't swing a deal- any deal, that would benefit all parties.  It's possible Richards is a cancer and deliberately sabotaged all efforts to move him, but he doesn't have this history.

Richards could be snapped by virtually anybody- any team that isn't rebuilding and needs an elite playmaking center will look to get him.  Hell, even a few rebuilding teams might want his experience and leadership for a 1-2 year stint.  Imagine what he could do for the new Winnipeg team ?!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:06 pm

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

I don't see how they can afford Richards, not even close.  Go to and check it out yourself... that site is awesome, very accurate for the most part.   Phili has just under 8 million dollars to sign at least 6 players, something like 5 forwards and 1 dman for sure...probably 2 dmen when they drop one of their goalies.  Voracek and Simmonds are RFA's and sure to be signed for pretty good money and Ville Leino is an UFA who I would think the Flyers would like very much to sign.  There is a very good chance those 3 forwards alone are going to approach almost 8 million dollars in salaries.  Brad Richards is going to demand insane money and a crazy long term deal... and in my opinion he's going to get it.   

Don't be surprised to see Richards in Toronto for the rest of his NHL career.. the Leafs have almost 23 million dollars to play with about 7 players to sign... The Rangers are in a similar position and everybody out there thinks they are the favourite to land Richards but I think not...  Richards is Canadian, he's already got a ring and there is no better city then Toronto to play hockey in.... a guy like Richards would be treated like a God for the rest of his career and beyond in that city.....  

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:55 pm

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

They made those moves to shed salary. They won't be signing any big time free agents. They'll be lucky to take care of thier RFA's and resign Leino.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:05 pm

Brad Richards not being traded, will become UFA

Based on Philly's moves today, one would have to think that he is atleast going to be approached by Philly at some point...if not signed.

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