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Brad Richards will remain with Rangers for at least one more season

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

For the next calendar year, anyway...

added 5:27pm, via Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

The decision to keep Richards leaves the Rangers open to significant cap recapture penalties -- upwards of $17 million -- should the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner retire before the expiration of his contract in 2019.

Richards signed a nine-year, $60 million deal in July 2011.

The Murray Harbor, Prince Edward Island native is looking to have a bounce-back season after a lockout-shortened 2013 campaign he characterized as a "mess."

Richards may be one benefactor of the team's coaching change now that Alain Vigneault is behind the bench. Richards failed to thrive under John Tortorella's taxing, defensively structured system in 2013, particularly as a key cog for the team's dreadful power-play unit.

Vigneault is regarded as a much more affable coach, and one that finds ways for his offensive talents to flourish.

If Richards follows up with another disappointing season, the Rangers can still exercise their existing compliance buyout on him next summer, provided he does not get hurt. A team cannot buy out an injured player.

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which means they are out of the Vinny Lecalvier running.

Posted by bababooey on 06/28/13 at 05:10 PM ET

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The release said they would not be using the second compliance buyout this summer…nothing else Hmmm, perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part, but there’s still a possibility BR could be dealt during the draft or later in the week…maybe Sather doesn’t want to see BR with the Flyers.
Hey, you never know? Stranger thongs have happened.

Posted by howiehockey on 06/29/13 at 12:51 AM ET

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