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Rangers will not buy out Brad Richards this summer

Jun 28, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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Brad Richards doesn’t have to worry about leaving New York this summer.

The Rangers announced theywill not be using a compliance on any players this summer, including Richards. That gives him a season to prove to new head coach Alain Vigneault as well as to GM Glen Sather that his struggles last season under John Tortorella were an aberration.

Richards’ struggles with the Rangers last season were well documented by the end of the season and into the playoffs. There he found himself going from a fourth line player to a healthy scratch in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

All this means now is that Richards has a full season to show the Rangers he’s worth keeping around. The NHL has another round of compliance buyouts next summer. The Rangers have already used one of their two buyouts on Wade Redden before the season began.

  1. jaredo10 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I’m hoping a new system is what he needed

  2. philk0731 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    He deserves 1 more season under a new coach & system

  3. stakex - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    No surprise here. Unless the Rangers are planning to make a splash in free agency, and I doubt they are, their cap situation isn’t too bad. They can let Richards play another season, and see how it goes.

  4. jaybyrd99 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I agree he deserves another season but it wasn’t just the system and coach . Richards was pretty good in year 1 and had some big playoff goals . He admitted he came into the shortened season out of shape so a lot of the blame for his poor season falls on him.
    Hopefully he gets rejuvenated by the new coach and has the motivation to get himself in the proper playing shape.

  5. canucks30 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I’m sure AV will give him the Ballard treatment soon enough

  6. rangersatl - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Really, didn’t show up in shape for a team that was expected to compete, what a professional. Had too much fun being in New York, they should lose him.

  7. homerx - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    There goes the season, worst mistake since signing him to the ridiculous deal.

    • barkar942 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Second worst mistake. The first was hiring AV. AV will really have to show me something more than what he has shown in Vancouver.
      Still say the Rangers should have gone with fresh blood in Mike Haviland.
      Also- what happens if Richards ends up on IR at the end of next season? He therefore, I believe, cannot be bought out and they will be stuck with an under performing albatross till 2020.

      • DED - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        LTIR a la Pronger?

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