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LeBrun: Rangers officially buyout Brad Richards

Per Pierre LeBrun, the Rangers have officially bought out center Brad Richards. Richards originally signed a nine-year, $60 million contract leading into the 2011-2012 season. Richards played just three years under that contract, and had three productive seasons, putting together a line of 56-95-151 while missing just two regular season games.

Richards acted as the captain of the club during the most recent run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the cap recapture penalty risk was too great, and the Rangers had to make a business decision going forward. The Rangers will miss him, especially in the locker room, but this move was something they had to do.

Richards, who had a no-movement clause, bypassed unconditional waivers and went straight to the buyout. This was a similar move done by Chris Drury.

29 Responses to “LeBrun: Rangers officially buyout Brad Richards”

  1. cnp says:

    Had to happen. Seemed like a great guy and world class teammate, but this is a business.

    Hopefully he finds a way to get Olivia Munn back.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Not if Aaron Rodgers has anything to say about it.

    • Dave says:

      BR is all class, this was a pure business decision. If there were no cap, I would’ve bet money that he had the C next year.

  2. Adrian says:

    Have a feeling Oilers will go after him, as they are shopping for new center.

    • Dave says:

      There are a lot of teams that could use him. He’s not washed up, but was just too much of a financial risk.

  3. WayneG says:

    At last an end to the speculation. Still don’t 100% trust Sather to change his mind. Olivia ain’t going to Edmonton.

  4. SalMerc says:

    Would you do Stasny, right now, say 9 years, $75M?

    • asfjr says:

      I wouldn’t. I don’t think Statsny is enough of a difference maker to merit the contract he’s going to get. I’d rather see them go after Bolland or Grabvoski, or take a chance on Santorelli. Even better, give Lindberg or Miller a chance at winning that spot

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      No way. Too long of term and cap hit. It would be almost impossible to sign that deal and have enough room to fit in all the RFAs and UFAs that we expect back (not including Boyle and Stralman). As much as he’s the best option available, it doesn’t mean he’s the right option for this team the way the cap situation is currently.

    • joe719 says:

      He’d have to buy me a nice dinner first! ;)

    • Dave says:

      Well the max term is 7 years, not 9. Max amount is 20% of the cap, so $14 million or so. But no.

      If Stastny prices himself out, Grabovski is my choice.

  5. Chris A says:

    It was time. Richey had some good moments here for sure. You could see he’s cooked though. He can’t keep up with the pace of the NHL game. He was never a speedster and once he lost a step through age he became a huge liability.

    I said it when they signed him, that Richards wasn’t necessary. In a short amount of time Stepan and/or Anisimov would be twice the player that Richards would be while on the Rangers. Unfortunately, it turned out I was right. Well, at least Stepan is still here.

    I like asjfr’s above idea to replace Richards. Pass on Stastny, sign a veteran C and see if JT or Lindberg can beat out that vet for the third line center.

    • SalMerc says:

      I feel that we need a real #1 center, and Stasny is the real deal. Whether I make that deal depends on our own contract signings, but lets say we pass on Stasny; I am guessing in December we may be crying for a real center. We may only have Stepan and D. Moore as centers with experience. Not of the belief you can make another Cup run with those guys.

      • Chris A says:

        Where is Brassard going?

        Now, if you are suggesting trading Brassard for pieces then I’m all for signing Stastny. You strengthen the team and open a spot for JT/Lindberg.

        • SalMerc says:

          Yes, I was unclear, I would use Brass as a trade chip. Brass, JT and Cam Talbot for ROR. I would do that in a heartbeat.

  6. joe719 says:

    Although I know all the reasons it won’t happen, I still have a feeling that Joe Thorton will be centering Rick Nash next season. Just a feeling.

  7. Bloomer says:

    You can over have so many overpaid salaries on your roster, if you want to be under the cap. The move to buy out BR had to be done so the Rangers can sign their restricted and unrestricted players.

  8. Snake says:

    It’s unfortunate that Richie had to go. He has a lot of class. Every sport would be more enjoyable if there were more athletes were like him.

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  9. Bayman says:

    Is there a rule precluding the Rangers to signing Richards to another deal?

  10. mikeyyy says:

    Why make the splash in fa market?

    We have 4 centers who can play.

    If anything move some dmen get a fa or two and see if we can inject spne offense this season.

    We have young players and shouldn’t overlookn that fact.

    We made it to the finals, no need to overhaul, just tweak.

    To be successful we need the following.

    Every player needs to improve themselves this off season.

    They need to come back hungry and I think everything will work itself out.