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Rangers Target Brad Richards

from Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News,

The Blueshirts are emerging as the favorite to land the top unrestricted free agent in this summer’s class, All-Star center Brad Richards. The center, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs for the John Tortorella-coached 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, has been the Rangers’ top summer target for months, and they can sign him as soon as next Friday.

Sources have told the Daily News that the Rangers plan to go all-out to get their man, who had 28 goals and 49 assists for the Dallas Stars in the final season of a five-year, $39 million contract. Nobody seems to know what Plan B is for the Rangers, and one source indicated that the reason is that they are so confident they will land Richards, they don’t need a fall-back option.

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This has “Cliff Lee Redux” written all over it.

Posted by Tay on 06/24/11 at 11:25 AM ET

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Well of course they are targeting RIchards. We’ve seen this movie before.The Rangers will overpay on price and terms, Richards will underperform like the men who came before him and the wheel will go around again.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 06/24/11 at 12:35 PM ET

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If the “sources” saying the Rangers are going after Richards are within the Rangers organization, is this not tampering?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/24/11 at 12:36 PM ET

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If the “sources” saying the Rangers are going after Richards are within the Rangers organization, is this not tampering?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/24/11 at 10:36 AM ET

Should it be?  If the Rangers have a leak in their organization telling sportswriters that the club is so confident that they’ll sign him that they’re not even considering alternatives, that seems like it could just as easily be a tampering ploy to prevent other teams from making offers as it is a horrible mistake that will get teams to offer Richards more money just to force the Rangers to spend more on him than they otherwise would have. 

I guess it still could be, because Dallas owns the rights to Richards still and that makes it comparable to the Sedins’ situation a while back with Ron Wilson telling a radio station that the Leafs were “coming for them”.  However, the Sedins had never told the press that they had no intention of re-signing with Vancouver at that point.  I think it was already well-established that Richards and the Stars would be going their separate ways before this tampering happened.

So what do you think though?  Should it be considered tampering in this context?  It’s an interesting question.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/24/11 at 12:42 PM ET

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I think teams shouldn’t talk about, whether leaked or not, other team’s players.  It is the orgnaizations repsonsibility to have their employees keep their mouths shut. In the NBA, not even Jay-Z could party with the college kids when the y won the NCAA because he is part owner of the Nets. OF course the NHL has pretty loose standards on what is tampering or a conflict of interest.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/24/11 at 01:27 PM ET

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Well put, UMFan. NY and PHI always tend to have hypersensitive reactions.

TOMAS JURCO @ 24

Posted by Jesters Dead on 06/24/11 at 03:15 PM ET

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