Update, 3:18 p.m.:
Bob McKenzie at TSN tweets that with the ownership situation in Dallas not likely to be settled until later in summer, they will not be making a contract offer to Richards.
McKenzie adds that Dallas would be interested in trading exclusive negotiating rights before July 1, but a move would require Richards to waive his NMC.
…your move Mr. Sather.
Scott Cullen at TSN gives us an off-season game plan for the New York Rangers and says this about obtaining Brad Richards…
“In years gone by, the Rangers have made big splashes in free agency, whether it was Redden, Gomez, Drury or Marian Gaborik and the results have been, to be kind, mixed, so while it would be nice to land a top player like Richards, the Rangers can’t consider any free agent signing to be a saviour.”
…amen. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that this team is 2-3 years away with or without Richards. It’s too easy to say, “just bring in Richards and we’re a Cup contender.” A lot of pieces need to fall into place and I’m not sure they’re all there right now.
Cullen adds that Brooks Laich, Ville Leino, Alex Tanguay or Simon Gagne may all warrant consideration if Richards can’t be lured to Manhattan.
He also goes on to say that Tomas Kaberle, whose value has likely decreased during the postseason, or perhaps Anton Babchuk, who has a big blast from the point, may be targeted to add experience to the Rangers young defensive corps.
…with the Rangers just acquiring Erixon, who is projected to be NHL ready, not sure spending money on a position the Rangers don’t need help with is such a smart idea.