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Rangers will not be buying out Brad Richards

The Rangers have announced that they will not be buying out center Brad Richards this summer. The Rangers have one additional compliance buyout –they used their first on Wade Redden– but have until next offseason to use it. With a new coach in place, and without a pressing need to use the buyout this season, the Rangers have decided to see what they can get out of Richards this year.

Richards had been the subject of many buyout rumors, with seven years left on his deal at a $6.6 million cap hit. The Rangers still have $14.1 million in cap space to work with this offseason.

25 Responses to “Rangers will not be buying out Brad Richards”

  1. cnp says:

    I don’t mind it. Lets see what AV can get out of Richie and fingers crossed for no injuries

  2. Todd says:

    Stupid move

  3. joe719 says:

    Kinda’ figured this would happen after AV talked with Richards. If he wasn’t staying why would he have bothered? Does this mean that the team will be essentially the same as last year? If anything, Richards is really under the gun; all eyes will be on him. Lets see how he handles it.

  4. Matt says:

    Right move, and I’m totally on board with it….just please dear god don’t get injured.

  5. Seahorse says:

    It really does limit roster improvements. I guess they are banking on a large bump in the salary cap next year. I’ve heard it’s rumored to jump back in the 70mil range

    • VinceR says:

      They can buy him out next year, so I’m not sure next year’s salary cap really comes into play.

  6. Randy says:

    Not sure if I agree with the move, but I am all for rooting for BR to have a comeback season, and I think he will. A full season to play and mesh with some of the other guys, plus a new PP setup, and hopefully we will see him play the PP like he did in Dallas. I wanted them to buy him out, but this is the easiest way to solidify our depth down the middle. Not many teams are as deep at center than the Rangers, as they now have Stepan, Rich, Brass, Boyle, Miller, and Lindberg. I just hope this doesn’t backfire.

  7. Spozo says:

    I think this came down to what their options at center would have been with BR gone. Really the only other option would have been Vinny.

    As long as he stays healthy I think it will be a good move.

    65 points out of BR as the #2 centerman with Step at 1 and Brassard as the #3? Or flip Brass and BR. Either way 65 points is a reasonable expectation and if hits that and stays healthy this will turn out as a solid move.

    That’s a HUGE if but I think it can happen.

  8. Jeff P says:

    Smart move. Bounceback year coming.

  9. Johnny Red says:

    Happy for Richards, but I hope it blows up in Sather’s face! This means less money for the RFA’S and shorter terms which leads to hard feelings for the next contract. Money should be spent on the younger players. Another great move by Mrs.Glen Dolan!!!

  10. cv19 says:

    Cut his 6.5M hit. He hasn’t been right since he was laid out in the Caps game early in the season.
    Vinny put up the same numbers and is the same age. How much do you think it would take to sign him? 2M x 2?

  11. WilliamW says:

    Right move in my opinion. Provides flexibility next year (assuming he’s not injured) and acts a bridge to Miller/Lindberg/St Croix taking a spot as the 3C

    Would love Vinny but he will likely get 4-5 for 3-4 years so we would be in the same spot. Let the rest of a mediocre UFA class be overpaid by someone else

    Lastly, we can use a regular buyout (as with Drury) if really needed I believe

  12. Dan says:

    I think with the free agent class being as weak as it is this year, I think this is probably the best move they could of made. I was originally for buying him out, but I say, with a new coach and team mentality, give him a shot for a bounce back season and if he doesn’t play well, buy him out next year.

    We’re already over-paying him, it’d be dumb to buy him out and potentially overpay for some of these other guys who are hitting the market this offseason. Richards has always been a consistent 60-70 point player until this year (where he was inconsistent and invisible a lot of the time). Plus, he’s already had chemistry and is familiar with the guys from the last 2 years rather if we went after someone new.

    I feel Stepan/Brassard/BR/Boyle down the middle is pretty good.

  13. howiehockey says:

    If Sather doesn’t have a trade in place, which includes BR then we know he has completely lost it.

  14. TxRanger says:

    I think this is the kind of move Sather had to make if he wants the team to uphold an esteemed reputation. If we’re just getting rid of every guy that has one bad season, the Rangers will look like a horrible organization.

    I think if he plays badly, he’s going to get shut down early to avoid injury.

    They can’t do the buyout during the season, right?

    • cv19 says:

      Buyout window closes July 4.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Well they’re just going to buy him out after next season, so what’s the difference?

      This move is very shortsighted, playing with fire. I’ve been a Rangers fans long enough to feel very uneasy with this decision.

      Luck be with the Rangers next season.

  15. Chuck A says:

    So, thinkers, how does this effect the team’s RFAs?

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Not at all. You don’t keep Richards on at the expense of McD, Stepan, Hags or Zucc. They’ll all be signed.

      • TxRanger says:

        Honestly, I feel like the players want him there. Regardless of his play, this guy is a leader. He’s the rock of that locker room.

  16. Pete says:

    Guess they felt Richards with a chip on his shoulder is better than anything they could find to replace his “production” on the open market, UFA trade or buy out. Figured they would go the safe route, like with AV but I guess not.

  17. Walt says:

    Stupid move, but it could work for the team long term!

    How you ask? This gives the Rangers a chance to see, and develope Lindberg at the AHL level for a season, at which time we buy out BR.

    Let’s hope he has a decent year, I’m not too sure there, and doesn’t get hurt. My biggest fear is the injury aspect! Also gives the team more options with some of the other kids, Miller being a name in question.

  18. Pete says:

    If the guy can put up a 20/45 season from the 2c slot and let Brass give other teams match up problems from the 3c the team, on paper, has some depth.

    If they can fill out the wings well another good season should be had.

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