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Report: If Rangers buy out Richards, Flyers ‘absolutely’ interested

Jun 20, 2013, 10:53 AM EST

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It remains to be seen if the New York Rangers will use one of their compliance buyouts on Brad Richards, but the possibility has been raised ever since his disappointing playoff run that ended with him serving as a healthy scratch.

If the Rangers do buy out the final seven seasons on Richards’ nine-year, $60 million contract, he’ll likely to find a number of suitors. Among the interested parties would “absolutely” be the Philadelphia Flyers, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer source.

Richards would help replace the offense lost by Philadelphia’s own compliance buyout target: Daniel Briere.

Of course, the big sticking point would likely be money. Even if he’s bought out, Richard is likely to get paid handsomely by his new team. After all, he has 100 points in 128 regular season games with the Rangers, so he hasn’t exactly collapsed.

In fact, if the Rangers buy him out, it will likely have less to do with his $6,666,667 annual cap hit — which is skewed downwards because it’s a frontloaded deal — and more about the fear of paying the 33-year-old forward well past his prime.

So the Flyers would likely have to give him a good contract if they really want him and given that they’re expected to buy out Briere because of their difficult cap position, that’s easier said than done. Still, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren certainly hasn’t shied away from making bold moves, so you never know.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    “if the Rangers buy him out, it will likely have to do … more about the fear of paying the 33-year-old forward well past his prime.”
    Wouldn’t that be something to think about BEFORE offering/signing him to such an albatross of a contract? I only wish, once in my lifetime, this would happen to me…

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      IF they buy him out, they will have payd him what, ~$46,000,000 for two years of service? Wow, just woooooooooooooooooow.

    • 19to77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      No kidding. I know it’s Glen Sather, but how the hell does giving a man a nearly $7 million dollar cap hit ‘TILL HE’S FORTY sound like a good business decision? I don’t get how Lecavalier, Richards or Luongo got their contracts. I just don’t understand. Yes, fine, they’re good now. But you can’t just throw money at a guy and hope he’ll turn out to be the next Teemu Selanne or Marty St. Louis. They’re EXCEPTIONS to the rule, not routine occurrences.

      • missthemexpos - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Sather got lucky finding a sucker (Habs) to take Gomez off his hands and maybe he figured that another sucker would be willing to take Richards off his hands if need be.

  2. bcsteele - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I’m aware of their two buy outs, and I’m not a Flyers fan or hater, but am I the only one that chuckles a bit when I hear more of this stuff? The Flyers are OVER the cap, and interested in about every other star that pops up in these posts. I know Holmgren is bold and can make stuff happen, but I don’t see how he’s going to do ALL of the stuff that has been going around.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens…but on another side note, I still think the Rangers would be dumb to buy out Richards this year anyway.

    • bcsteele - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Oh, and to add to that, this is also why even though I think Holmgren isn’t beyond it…I don’t see him as a threat to any of the RFA Blues players which was mentioned in a post awhile back. I just don’t see him having enough to do everything.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      In an instance where a guy is still getting monster money from another team, it seems like he would probably be willing to sign with a competitive team for short money. Richards is a quality guy so I could see it happening and despite my hatred for the team, the Flyers will always do what they must to be a competitive team.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        But they’re not fixing the defense or goaltending with this move which is what kept them from being a quality team this year. Say they add Richards and Bobby Ryan, at the expense of getting rid of one of their top 4 defensemen in Coburn…how does that address any areas of need for them?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I think the only thing this rumor proves is that Bryz is very likely to be bought out. Even if the Flyers have interest in Richards they will lose out on him bc someone else will come with a better offer. The Flyers name comes up whenever a big name is available, but they don’t even get the players a quarter of the time. I think it’s safe to say that neither Bobby Ryan nor Brad Richards will be in orange and black next season. Holmgren is well aware of this teams weaknesses.

    • dku5 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Alot of the Flyers salary cap is dead weight. They have 2 amnesty buyouts, but they can still buyout outher players. For Ex; Mez is $4mm this year, and then he is a UFA. They can buy him out now, and his hit to the cap is only half the hit sread over twice the contract lenght. Thus the $4mm becomes $1mm for 2 years. Some have suggested trading him to a team that needs to meet the cap floor, but Mez is not that bait.

      THe Flyers can also manage to trade Couturier and aleive $1.3 in cap space -which is slightly better than the $900k Read costs.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        It doesn’t make a ton of sense to buyout Mez in the final year of his deal. Either they keep him and hope he gets healthy or they flip him to a team with cap space for a late round pick.

        And it makes even less sense to get rid of a 20-yr old, former top-10 pick just because he makes $400k more than the 26-yr old Read. They both have a year left on their deals then Read is going to get a substantial raise and cost more than Couturier. Not to mention the fact that Read is an UFA (Coots an RFA) so he can walk away next summer for a big payday that the Flyers can’t provide. Couturier isn’t close to his prime, Read is in his prime. It’s much smarter to keep the 20yr old with a high ceiling, over a 26yr old soon to be free agent. Especially if you’re making the decision over $400k.

      • dku5 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Sorry about the delay in getting back….

        The Flyers have two considerations on Defense: Roster Space and Cap Space. They currently have 8 D-men n the roster for $28mm. If they intend to improve the defense from last year (I don’t think they can get worse, lol) then they will need to drop some players. I assume they will keep Kimmo, Streit, Schenn, and Braydon. This leaves Boudon, Gervais, Grossmann, and Meszaros. I would not be upset to see any of these guys go, but Boudon and Gervais will not open that much cap space. Mes will become UFA next year, so the Flyers will not gain anything by holding on to him for 1 year, whereas they still have a (small) window of opportuinity in getting something for Grossmann.

        I can see where you are confused on the second paragraph. There seems to be more outside interest in Read, but I think the Flyers can get more for Couturier. I would rather they keep both, but that is slim. I doubth they will both be in O&B by the end of next year, but they have more flexibilty with Read should they both go to the FA as Flyers. The Flyers WILL have to match or beat the offer for Couturier, but they just have to make Read an offer he accepts regardless of what aothers offer.

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    oh jesus

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Wow! If this is true the Flyers just want to keep shooting themselves in the foot. Amazing!

  5. 19to77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Step 1 – Buy out Bryzgalov and Briere, paying millions for them not to play for you
    Step 2 – Throw money at more aging veterans instead of fixing the gaping holes in the roster
    Step 3 – ???
    Step 4 – Oh, damn, we missed the playoffs again

    HOW DOES HOLMGREN HAVE A JOB

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I not at a brad Richards guy either but they missed the playoffs twice in 18 years and had
      a top 5 penalty kill and power play in the league and a winning record against 5 of the 8 eastern conference playoff teams including the bruins even in an awful year so before you start putting them in with the likes off Calgary and Colorado step away from the ledge

      • chicagobtech - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Dude, period. It’s between your comma and your forward slash.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        If they fail to address their defense again this year, while adding more aging forwards who won’t come cheap then they’re worse than Calgary and Colorado. At least Calgary and Colorado have admitted what their issues are and seem to be taking proactive steps to get better. Without upgrading their defense and goaltending the Flyers are throwing away a year of the careers of their young players because without upgrading they have no hope of getting past the first round of the playoffs, assuming they somehow manage to get there.

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        @chicagobtech Yeh I know it’s also what your on a few days a month
        @atwater Aging forwards? You are aware now with Briere and Fedotenko gone that they have
        only one forward over age 31 and that’s Simone Gagne if he resigns hell be the rocking chair age of
        33

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Oh, you can see into the future now? Can you please give me the next powerball numbers please?

      • 19to77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Sorry, I only have Iginla vision. I can get really, REALLY close, but my picks will be exactly one off.

  6. andyisfat - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    No.

  7. hazlydose - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Can we just make one article and title it “The Flyers are interested in anybody and everybody”?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      I have to agree. This is getting ridiculous.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      It’s very similar to the number of articles they put out on the Pens after they were eliminated. They’re comment junkies.

  8. nyrnashty - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Let’s see what he can do first in a new offensive system before buying him out!

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