Read: Brad Richards on knowing the buyout was coming, the pressure and getting back to having fun

Brad RichardsBrad Richards was a guest on 670 The Score in Chicago yesterday and was asked about this past season with the Rangers.

Richards said, “this year we were in the Final, the writing was on the wall probably as soon as the lockout happened, just the way the contract was structured, the risk of me retiring early and the cap hit that they would have, I kind of knew it was happening but it didn’t matter and it was still a good team that I wanted to play on this year and we made a run and almost won it.”

He added, “It’s nice to have big contracts and I am very thankful for that but it’s also nice to get out of this one and kind of regroup and get a little bit of that pressure off you and I can go into Chicago with guys who are used to winning and, kind of, not under the radar but kind of come in with a different look and hopefully I can just get back to, you know, having fun out there.”

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Read: Pierre McGuire on what the market for Brad Richards could be

Brad Richards Broadway HatPierre McGuire was asked on TSN 1050 on Monday morning what the market for Brad Richards is likely to be.

Pierre said, “Depends what his price point is, it does. For a lot of these guys who are older, that have had good careers but you can see they are on the downside of things, what their price point is will be the magic number for a lot of teams. If Brad prices himself right and he is dealing with some real professionals at Newport Sports with Pat Morris and Don Meehan and Mark Guy and the whole team, they do a great job.

He added, “If they price point him properly there will be significant interest because he is a specialist on the PP that can help your team. If you are looking for a lot of 5 on 5 stuff it will be problematic but if you are counting on specialty points, especially on the PP, it can work. “

Read: Brad Richards is motivated beyond belief/other Richards notes

Brad Richards Broadway HatDarren Dreger was on TSN 1050 this morning and was asked about Brad Richards.

Dreger said, “One thing I will tell you is that I know Brad fairly well and I have talked with him a few times during this process and he is motivated beyond belief. He wants to prove to Glen Sather and the Rangers and all those that provided input in making this decision that he will land on his feet and he will find a home that wants him long term and he is going to give everything that hes got and be a better player. Now that motivation has to turn into reality.”

Sather, in a statement, said on Friday “We would like to thank Brad for everything he has done for our team on and off the ice during his time here. This was an extremely difficult decision to make because of how much respect I have for him. Brad’s leadership and guidance for our young players was invaluable to the organization. We are grateful to have had the professionalism and experience he brought as an example for our team to follow. Brad has been a very good player for us and an even better person. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

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Read: The Rangers are losing their captain for the second time this year

CaptainThe Rangers trade of Ryan Callahan in March left them without a player wearing the “C” on their jersey but Katie Strang says that Brad Richards assumed the role of captain even without having the letter stitched on his jersey. (ESPN NY)

Glen Sather agreed and said on media day, “he has been terrific and I think he is acting as captain, a leader in the room and on the ice, great guy. I really can’t make any comments about what will happen in the summer. If we win the Stanley Cup, lose it, the decisions is something that comes later in the summer and he is with the Rangers and I plan on having him with the Rangers.”

Richards said that his experience and understanding what was needed made his ascension to that role easy. (ESPN NY)

Henrik Lundqvist said, “Brad Richards has been outstanding this season on and off the ice and accepted the role of more responsibility and a lot of credit to Brad.” (Fox Sports)

Dan Carcillo said that Richards stepped up when Ryan Callahan was traded and “took the reins” of the team. (ESPN NY)

Chris Kreider said that Richards has helped him through every single low point in his career. (ESPN NY)

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Read: Brad Richards on his time with the Rangers (Updated: With Glen Sather)

5:51PM: Brad Richards released this statement today about his time with the Rangers: (Rangers)

“Tough last few days … I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. I’ve met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Glen Sather, the management and owner, Mr. Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family. With this decision finalized, I can now look forward to starting the next chapter in my career.”

Glen Sather released this statement today about the Rangers buyout of Brad Richards: (Rangers)

“We would like to thank Brad for everything he has done for our team on and off the ice during his time here. This was an extremely difficult decision to make because of how much respect I have for him. Brad’s leadership and guidance for our young players was invaluable to the organization. We are grateful to have had the professionalism and experience he brought as an example for our team to follow. Brad has been a very good player for us and an even better person. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The Rangers used their second and final compliance buyout on Richards today.

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