Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Brad Richards, The High Priced 4th-Liner

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So when Tortorella begins an answer to a question about Richards’ status as the club’s fourth-line center with the words, “Sometimes it’s not about Brad,” as he did yesterday on the first of two days between Game 1 of the conference semis and Game 2 against the Bruins here tomorrow, it’s kind of a whoa moment.

As much of a whoa moment as the whole of the 3-2 overtime series-opening defeat in which Richards got the least amount of even-strength ice time of any Ranger (9:59), including 26 seconds in the second period when he sat on the bench for a stretch of eight minutes.

Richards, who turned 33 a couple of weeks ago, isn’t some bit guy. He was supposed to be the missing link when he signed that nine-year, $60 million contract over the summer of 2011 under which he has already been paid $24 million — and would be owed another $24 million if the Rangers use their final amnesty buyout on him this summer.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Comments

Avatar

IIRC, wasn’t Holland a buffoon for missing on on this guy when he was a UFA?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/18/13 at 09:24 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

I think we all thought he was overpaid by nyr.  But he is a good refuttal to the “there will be no one available as compliance buyouts!”

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/18/13 at 10:31 AM ET

Avatar

So you would like holland to buy old slow unproductive overrated richards? Not me

Posted by jkm2011 on 05/18/13 at 11:11 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

That’s a bit of a leap considering I absolutely didn’t say or even hint at that.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/18/13 at 11:49 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com