Skip to content

Brad Richards: ‘I loved being a Ranger’

Jun 20, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Getty Images

When it comes to player buyouts, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers and forget the human side of the transaction. Brad Richards was cooperative with the New York Rangers as they exercised their compliance buyout on him today, but that doesn’t mean it was easy for him.

“Tough last few days … I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans,” Richards said. “I’ve met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.”

It’s clear that the 34-year-old forward feels wistful about his involuntary exit from the Big Apple, but it sounds like he at least went out on a high note, as he told the New York Post after a stunning double-overtime loss to end the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

“It’s definitely worth it — worth every second of these two months,” Richards said on June 14.

When you look at things from a cold, calculated cap sense, it seemed simple to state that the Rangers needed to part ways with a player whose effectiveness simply hasn’t matched his cap hit in the last season or two. Most glaringly, Richards only managed two assists in his last 10 playoff games with the Rangers. Considering his largely offense-only role and costly contract, it’s a no-brainer on paper.

GM Glen Sather was the one who had to pull the trigger, however, and it didn’t sound like a pleasant decision.

“This was an extremely difficult decision to make because of how much respect I have for him.” Sather said. ” … Brad’s leadership and guidance for our young players was invaluable to the organization.”

Would the Rangers have been more willing to stomach his $6.667 million cap hit if his contract expired in a season or two instead of after the 2019-20 season? One can only speculate, yet the very long-term, risky deal that lured Richards to New York ended up being the main reason he only lasted through a third of the pact.

For more on the cap implications and specifics of the buyout, click here.

Latest Posts
  1. Capitals’ third line stands out in Game 3

    May 4, 2015, 11:19 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Three Getty Images

    Washington needs its bottom-six forwards to keep contributing in order to go deep into the playoffs.

  2. Holtby outduels Lundqvist as Caps take series lead

    May 4, 2015, 10:28 PM EDT

    Braden Holtby Getty Images

    It was his first shutout of the 2015 playoffs.

  3. Colorado College, University of Denver will play at Coors Field

    May 4, 2015, 9:40 PM EDT

    Coors Field Getty Images

    It’s part of the leadup to the Detroit vs. Colorado outdoor game.

  4. Video: Capitals strike first on Beagle’s determination goal

    May 4, 2015, 9:04 PM EDT

    Beagle goal

    Andre Burakovsky got his first career playoff point.

  5. Shero aims to bolster Devils offensively

    May 4, 2015, 8:23 PM EDT

    Ray Shero Getty Images

    “Without that, goaltending and team defense can only take you so far.”

  6. WATCH LIVE: Rangers at Capitals

    May 4, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptixndgwywu5y2yynznhztc4ndzloda5ownkmzfjyzyy AP

    The series is tied at 1-1.

  7. Bolts will protect Bishop ‘as we see fit’

    May 4, 2015, 5:42 PM EDT

    Brandon Prust, Ben Bishop Getty Images

    And they’ll gladly keep taking man advantage opportunities, too.

  8. Red Wings’ Devellano calls Mantha ‘very, very, very disappointing’

    May 4, 2015, 4:24 PM EDT

    Val'Dor Foreurs v Guelph Storm - Game Four Getty Images

    “Coming out of junior, we had such high hopes for him.”

  9. Rangers haven’t granted B’s permission to interview assistant GM Gorton

    May 4, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT

    2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Practice Sessions Getty Images

    And Glen Sather isn’t sure he’ll ever permit it, either.

  10. Once again, Rick Nash isn’t scoring in the playoffs

    May 4, 2015, 3:10 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Two Getty Images

    “I have to get to the inside; that’s the biggest thing.”

  11. Five team stats you may find interesting

    May 4, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks - Game One Getty Images

    The Ducks have been deadly on the power play, unlike during the regular season.

  12. Armstrong: All Blues signings on hold ’til Tarasenko ‘taken care of’

    May 4, 2015, 1:12 PM EDT

    tarasenkogetty Getty Images

    “If it means allowing players to go to free agency, if it means making players sweat it out on what their deal’s going to be, he’s the priority for us.”

  13. Canucks assign Virtanen, McCann to AHL Utica

    May 4, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT

    2014 NHL Draft - Round 1 Getty Images

    Virtanen was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

  14. Welcome back, Manitoba Moose

    May 4, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

    Moose

    Jets’ AHL team will play at the MTS Centre next season.

  15. Weiss unsure about his spot in Detroit next season

    May 4, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings Getty Images

    He’s hoping to “find a way to get a bigger role.”

  16. ‘You can’t win,’ ex-NHL ref Fraser says of Prust incident

    May 4, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens - Game Two Getty Images

    “Prust has engaged himself in something that’s going to take him into an area where he doesn’t want to be part of.”

Featured video

Stanley Cup playoff Round 2 preview
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. K. Letang (1508)
  2. J. Hudler (1493)
  3. M. Zidlicky (1483)
  4. N. Beaulieu (1437)
  5. C. Perry (1429)