Read: The Brad Richards Buyout Option

Brad RichardsThis summer is the Rangers last chance to use their final compliance buyout and the most likely candidate for would be center Brad Richards.

Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Central at Noon, in early November, “That talk is not going away. I can appreciate that he is a better player but he has not put him in a position that that thing was a thing of the past. I think he has done everything he possibly could, don’t think for one second that it isn’t almost a Vinny Lecavalier thing. The contract doesn’t work even with the cap going up. The contract can’t work moving forward.I can’t see it even if it goes up past 70+. I can’t say the Rangers ay they will live with the contract.”

Kypreos said on December 4th, “This is their last chance to go to that compliance buyout. He has been better….what has he got, he has six to go. Where will he be in 3 years. can you still afford a cap hit of $6.5 million?”

THIS SECTION is all about a potential Richards buyout.

In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that with the Rangers needing to sign so many players, it’s expected that there will be talk again that the Rangers could buy Richards out.

Richards’ declining PP production makes him a prime candidate for a buyout and that his regular season production is on pace with last season. The buyout, which wouldn’t count against the cap, would cost the Rangers $18 million spread over 12 seasons. (ESPN Insider)

Bob Mckenzie said on 12/23, “gotta buy him out. I think so. Unless he comes back and plays like a legit number one center and you have reason to think he will continue down that road. Flashes of being pretty good won’t be good enough. I think they will have no choice but to use the compliance buyout and free up some cap space.”

Adam Rotter: Richards has been much better this season and seems like he has validated the decision not to buy him out last summer. This summer though the decision will be much tougher. The salary cap is going up, which means that the Rangers can carry Richards and still have room, but with core guys to re-sign and the chance to use that money elsewhere, it’s hard to see them holding on to Richards moving forward. It would be nice if the Rangers could keep rolling over the option to use the compliance buyout, because they really like what he brings on and off the ice, but they need to re-tool a bit and also protect themselves from a potential cap recapture penalty.

 




12 comments
Johnny W
Johnny W

It would suck if he went to the Flyers to play with Vinny or the Islanders to add experience or to NJ who needs players if Jagr retires. But, its a risk that needs to be taken.

kachook
kachook

It's astounding to me that this is still in question. Here's the only way to look at it: If he were a free agent this summer would you sign him for 6/$6.67mil per??? If you can't answer that question with a resounding NO than you have no business watching hockey much less running a team.

Brendan
Brendan

I like Richie, I think he's been much better this season as well, but they can't afford to tie up 6.6m on a guy who's "just good", that money could go towards getting 2 younger, better players

shamroc
shamroc

Buying out Richards is a no brainer -  keep in mind if he gets hurt they are stuck with him - the better question is (if this season continues like the first half) when will the rangers put him n the press box so that he doesn't get hurt................ 

cunny
cunny

It is not a difficult decision at all, dude's gotta go.

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

Buying him out after this season and not last season is basically saying this almost a throwaway season. If you were going to do it, sooner rather than later would have been more beneficial to the team.

The Rangers history with big money free agents is almost as bad as the Mets.

J Paul Read
J Paul Read

He's gotta go. The money tied up in Richards could be used to replenish some serious depth on the roster, which is more important. Lots of players have intangibles, and we'll find others.

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

I agree. It is the logical move but the things he brings when playing well. He's also a leader on the team. It's his 3rd season wearing the "A" on his jersey. They'll have 31 mil next year. Some guys may not stay but G and Cally will be signed. If not during the season.

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

I think Sather is going to play it by year. See what he can acquire in trades this year and what's out there in free agency this summer. If Sather could balance the lineup with some righties and get some 3rd line depth and an effective 4th line. Maybe he keeps Richie. The cap goes up every season. Not just next year. It could be close to 78-80 million in 2 seasons. You never know. I doubt Girardi is here next year. He may get moved this season at some point.

john smith
john smith

@Daniel DHizzy Hizgilov@kachooksure,I'd sign him for 3-4 mil too,but for 3 years at most,certainly not the 6 he has remaining now.