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by Paul on 07/01/11 at 09:02 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The first day of NHL free agency is about the rich getting richer.
For the Rangers, if not the Maple Leafs, Lightning, Kings, Flyers and Sabres, today will be about learning just how much richer the club will have to make Brad Richards in order to get the class of 2011’s lone upper-echelon center to sign on the bottom line.
If Richards is going to make his choice purely on dollars, then the Rangers are extremely unlikely to become involved in a bidding war, let alone win one.
The combination of Richards’ rewarding history with head coach John Tortorella, the Rangers’ urgent need for a blue-chip, first-line pivot and the paucity of elite centers immediately available through either free agency or the trade market, will likely prompt general manager Glen Sather to offer up to six years for up to an average of $7 million per in a dramatically front-loaded offer.
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