Richards Did Not Want to Dilute Rangers Organization

richardsgreatIn a piece on Brad Richards facing his former team the Dallas Stars tonight for the first time since signing with the Rangers, Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports on why the All Star center would not waive his no-move clause to be traded to the Blueshirts at the deadline last year…

“…according to an individual with knowledge of the situation, he declined to waive his no-move clause when he learned of the bounty (three Grade A assets) the Stars were demanding in return, not wanting the Blueshirts to be diluted upon his arrival.”

…wow, now that’s impressive. It’s becoming harder by the day for me to say with a straight face that the Richards signing was bad for the Rangers organization.

…i remember Anisimov was rumored to be one of the big components going back to the Stars, so the Rangers would have been significantly short-handed this season if Richards would have approved the trade. You would assume one of the young defensemen (McD, Sauer or Del Zotto) would have been included as well.

For quotes from Richard on facing his former team & acclimating to New York click the “Read More” tab below.

Here’s Richards on facing his former team tonight…

“It’s nobody’s fault that I left [the Stars], it was my decision and I take full accountability for it,” said Richards. “The three [full] years I was there, we didn’t make the playoffs, and the organization wasn’t spending the money that six, seven or eight other teams were in the tough Western Conference.

“There are a lot of good people there and I have a lot of good friends there, but I’m not looking back. That’s the business we’re in.”

Richards on acclimating to his new team…

“I have to admit that even though I wanted to come here, it was a hell of a transition, especially since I’m not the kind of person who is the best at adapting to change,” Richards told The Post. “Mentally, it took its toll on me, and I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be or needed to be, but thankfully I got great support from my teammates and we were winning.

“I’m starting to feel it come now. I feel comfortable being here and living here. The best is ahead of me.”

…if Richards’ best is still yet to come the rest of the NHL is in big trouble.

Richards has 11g, 14a on the season.

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has more on Richards here.

The Dallas Morning News has the Stars reaction to playing against their former teammate here.

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