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Vigneault praises Richards’ overall season, as buyout speculation continues

Jun 16, 2014, 11:01 PM EST

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Brad Richards currently has six years remaining on his current nine-year, $60 million contract, however he may soon find himself a headliner in the compliance buyout season.

Speculation that Richards could be bought out is running rampant right now, especially given his salary – a cap hit of $6,666,667 per year – and the fact he struggled mightily toward the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the final series against the L.A. Kings, the eventual champions, Richards registered just one point – an assist in Game 5, which the Rangers lost, giving L.A. its second title in the last three years.

Go back even further. Richards had only one goal in his last 11 playoff games, dating back to the start of the Eastern Conference final. So, it’s not hard to see what’s fueling this talk.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gave the 34-year-old Richards a glowing review of his entire season, which included 20 goals and 51 points in the regular season. But the bench boss didn’t offer anything definitive on whether the skilled forward would escape the buyout season.

“If you look at Brad’s overall season, he had a real good year,” said Vigneault, as per NHL.com.

“In the Final series I don’t know if it was a combination of some other guys might have been playing better than he was, but we had some decisions to make in Game 4 and Game 5. But his overall play, 5-on-5 and on the power play, during the year was very good.

“I’m very happy with what he brought to the table; a veteran player that from Day 1 was a real good extension of the coaching staff in that dressing room. I think he should walk away from this season very pleased in how he played and how he contributed to our team.

“As everybody knows there are decisions to be made. We haven’t made those yet. We’re going to talk and figure it out.”

  1. notmrknowitall - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    In other words….thanks for coming out. Enjoy the bank and don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

  2. blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I’ll ‘forever’ love my LA Kings ! … SC champions yet again and the ‘greatest’ team in the world today !!! :)

    • no - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      why is forever in quotes?! you’re not quoting anyone. this is a statement that you, yourself, have generated.

      sorry, I mean:

      “”””””blomfeld”””””””” ‘did’ you “”know”” that your ((((quotes)))) are ///totally superfluous////?

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      And this is relevant to the Richards/Rangers situation exactly how?

  3. papajack1259 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    A stupid signing as with Nash they missed the window Sather has next year …then the press will destroy him

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      GM4LIFE

      • DED - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Yeah, he is. Doesn’t matter how the team does or how many free agent signings go bust. When the team exceeds expectations, it’s like he gets an extra five years. But when things go sour, it doesn’t seem to have an effect. And since the team made it to the Finals, your comment is dead on.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    AV wasn’t the only singing praises to Brad Richards. I heard Darryl Sutter was singing like a church choir on the bench using the names Richards and Nash.

    • nebbah306 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Nash is still better than anyone on the Devils. Gimme a break ya troll.

      • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        I agree! I speak for all devils fans when I say, I hope Sather is already planning on extending his contract as soon as the CBA allows.

        So, after 82 regular games, and an additional 25 postseason games, Rangers were just 3 wins away from hoisting the cup. Wow! Here’s what you actually did win.

        http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ymPpIzaanhY

      • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      • moarjam - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Fail.

        The season is over now. No more rangers trolling for you. Go outside.

      • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Taunting season ends when FA begins.

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