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Rangers haven’t told Richards if he’s being bought out

Jun 24, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2011 in New York City.
(November 28, 2011 - Source: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Rumored as a potential compliance buyout candidate since being made a healthy scratch in the playoffs, Brad Richards told the New York Post he doesn’t know what his future with the club is.

“I would love to be back but I haven’t been told anything,” Richards told The Post. “That’s the truth.”

The 33-year-old has seven years remaining on his nine-year, $60 million contract at annual $6.67 million cap hit — one of the richest and potentially costliest deals in Rangers franchise history.

Assuming the club decides to buy him out, that is.

While his 2013 regular season wasn’t awful — 34 points in 46 games — Richards’ production completely fell off in the postseason, scoring just one goal in 10 games before ex-head coach John Tortorella scratched him for the final two games of the Boston series.

Of course, much has changed since then.

As mentioned, Totorella is now the ex-Rangers head coach — he’s been replaced by Alain Vigneault — and the Post reports Vigneault is “more likely than not” to give Richards a chance to redeem himself in 2013-14.

If that happens, the Rangers would leave the door open to using a compliance buyout on Richards next summer.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Everyone’s offense was stifled under Tortorella, makes sense to bring him back

  2. tuberippin - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    So…buy him out now versus potentially re-live this entire scenario a calendar year from now. Rags are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  3. jaredo10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    if we can’t trade him with let’s say a del zotto for something nice in return then I agree keep him and hope a new system will bring back his game

    • DED - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Agreed. Since they can still use the compliance buyout next year, it won’t hurt to give him another chance. Maybe with Tortz out of the picture, it’ll feel like a fresh start for Richards. If he still sucks midway through the season, they can make him a healthy scratch in favor of someone else.

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Give him a little more time. He’s a good player that was in a system highlighting the weak parts of his game. He will never be worth that ridiculous contract they gave him, but I’d certainly wait a few months to see where he goes under AVs system. Despite his underperforming, he has still been a top 3 offensive producer on the Rangers for the 2 years he’s been there. See what he can do in an offensive system before tossing him out to the free market. He’d be a solid 2C pickup for most teams if the Rangers do let him go. I mean he’s 33 years old. If anybody expects him to score 90 points again you are just setting the poor guy up for failure. I feel like I’m always missing something when people talk about him. He has NEVER been a consistent PPG guy but people act like he was supposed to be an offensive saving grace for the Rangers. When you look at his numbers he really hasn’t fallen off the wagon that much. His decline is pretty normal for a guy in this league after he turns 30.

  5. brainoflindros - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    He wasn’t that bad in a shortened season. Don’t see the big deal here. Buy him out so the Flyers can pick him up cheap. Not the production we get from Briere in the playoff but same player.

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