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Start Spreading The News, Richards Headed To NYC

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Deal not signed, but Richards chooses Rangers

Also via Dreger tweet,

9 years at $6.5 AaV for Richards and Rangers.

added 11:14am, via Nick Kypreoset tweet,

Front loaded money Richards should make 50M in first 5 yrs in New York

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added 12:05pm via TSN’s Darren Dreger tweet,

Our numbers for Richards are slighly off. It’s 9 years at $60 million. What’s that…$6.7 aav?

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shanetx's avatar

6.5 per on the open market?  This year?  That’s not a bad deal for NY at all. I would’ve liked him as the #2 center in Detroit for 6.5!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/02/11 at 12:09 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

9 years is a long damn time.  Still, the cap hit is good.

I hope they gave him a NMC too - that would crack me up.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/02/11 at 12:11 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

9 years is too long.  I’m glad the Wings didn’t bite.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/02/11 at 12:17 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Funny, I thought he wanted to play for a contender?!?!  That team is one Gaborik Groin Pull (patent pending) away from not making the playoffs.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/02/11 at 12:22 PM ET

Lucce's avatar

DGB was right

Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 07/02/11 at 12:23 PM ET

Moq's avatar

Let’s see if contract structure holds up to NHL scrutiny.

9 years is too long.  I’m glad the Wings didn’t bite.

Did you have similar reservations about the contracts to Zetterberg and Franzen?

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 07/02/11 at 12:29 PM ET

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Funny, I thought he wanted to play for a contender?!?!  That team is one Gaborik Groin Pull (patent pending) away from not making the playoffs.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/02/11 at 11:22 AM ET

Haha, very true, but since it’s the East he’s also just one concussion to [insert almost anyone on Boston/Pitt/Phil/Mtrl etc…] away from being on a team that can win the conference.

As a Kings fan, I was hoping - but not expecting - that we could lure him this way for something in the neighborhood of $7MM for 5 yrs, then trade Stoll or Greene to make some space, and re-sign Doughty et al. But a 9 year deal takes Richards well into the Jagr-years of his career and it’s just not worth the strain on the cap imo.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/02/11 at 12:30 PM ET

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On a side note, there must really be something wrong with the way LA runs their organization.  They have a pretty competitive team, they offer great money and usually long term to high end free agents, yet they struggle to attract good players.  And even players they trade for sometimes leave suddenly.  I can see why places like Edmonton and NYI have trouble reeling in UFAs, but LA is almost perfect for those who want the big city atmosphere without the hockey spotlight.  I would love to be a fly on the wall during these free agent pitches just to see what they do so wrong.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/02/11 at 12:32 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

Watch Richards just disappear over the next couple years. The Rangers are where over hyped free agents become irrelevant.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 07/02/11 at 12:34 PM ET

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Let’s see if contract structure holds up to NHL scrutiny.

Apparently the Ehrhoff contract did, and he’s making something like $25M+ in the first three years of a 10-year $40M contract.

The NHL seems not to care anymore.  They made their point with Kovalchuk and now it’s all fair game.

On a side note, there must really be something wrong with the way LA runs their organization.

Yeah, they had a video with Kobe Bryant in it…

Posted by Garth on 07/02/11 at 12:35 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Did you have similar reservations about the contracts to Zetterberg and Franzen?

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 07/02/11 at 11:29 AM ET

Is Brad Richards a home-grown talent who has earned the same kind of a commitment from a team that he has shown to it?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/02/11 at 12:35 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

Yeah, the Red Wings have a couple cheater contracts. Nobody there should be criticizing anything about Richards contract.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/02/11 at 12:38 PM ET

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for something in the neighborhood of $7MM for 5 yrs

The rumours I read were that he was asking for exactly that, 5 years, $35M.

But I guess when teams like the Rangers come in offering hugely front-loaded deals with him getting $12.8M each year for the first two or three…

Posted by Garth on 07/02/11 at 12:39 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The Red Wings have never given one of those contracts to a free agent. This is not a hard concept to understand.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/02/11 at 12:41 PM ET

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Hootinani-  Exactly!!!  Is the Kings management totally inept or what?  There must be something going on there deep in that organization that the players and agents know about, but the fans don’t.  Ever notice how players tend to get better once they leave the Kings?

Posted by sean_o_sean on 07/02/11 at 12:43 PM ET

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Yeah, the Red Wings have a couple cheater contracts. Nobody there should be criticizing anything about Richards contract.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/02/11 at 11:38 AM ET

Yet yesterday you were talking about how smart Holland and Shero are as GM’s. Must be the humidity.

On another note, you can kiss Brad Richards’ career goodbye. No organization has the uncanny ability to send players into mediocrity like the Rangers.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/02/11 at 12:46 PM ET

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Yet yesterday you were talking about how smart Holland and Shero are as GM’s. Must be the humidity.

Pulling an offer from an aging player who was out of the NHL is one thing. Cap manipulation is another. And you can spin it by saying it was to reward loyalty. Maybe a bit. But there’s no doubt cap manipulation was primary reason for the structure of those deals.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/02/11 at 12:50 PM ET

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Maybe I’m off my rocker here, but has anyone ever tested the hypothesis that the terrible ice at MSG is at least partially responsible for marginalizing some guys who showed up in New York with previously strong careers? Or maybe they just wildly overpay guys who are on the wrong side of 30. Let’s stick with that.

Posted by Eric H. on 07/02/11 at 12:56 PM ET

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Maybe I’m off my rocker here, but has anyone ever tested the hypothesis that the terrible ice at MSG is at least partially responsible for marginalizing some guys who showed up in New York with previously strong careers?

a) They only play half the season on that ice.
b) Every game they play on that ice, the opposing team also plays on that ice.

Nice cop-out excuse though.  Lovely.

Posted by Garth on 07/02/11 at 01:00 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Dallas plays on what might be the *#$%@& ice in the league and Brad Richards was still able to put up enough points to pull a huge-money deal out of that.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/02/11 at 01:02 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Word was that Calgary was going to pony up $64M over 9 years.  Of those three deals, I’d pick LA every time.

Posted by The Meal on 07/02/11 at 01:22 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Of those three deals, I’d pick LA every time.

Posted by The Meal on 07/02/11 at 12:22 PM ET

But then you’d have to live in LA ... and for a lot of people that’s a deal breaker.

West Coast travel also sucks compared to being in New York.

Posted by SK77 on 07/02/11 at 01:32 PM ET

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Yeah, the Red Wings have a couple cheater contracts. Nobody there should be criticizing anything about Richards contract.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/02/11 at 11:38 AM ET

The Red Wings have never given one of those contracts to a free agent. This is not a hard concept to understand.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/02/11 at 11:41 AM ET


Regardless of who you offer the contract to, it’s still the same type of structure.

Why so many people here get in a tizzy when the contracts of Franzen and Zetterberg are pointed out is beyond me. Big deal, it’s legal in the current CBA and if someone wants to call it “cheating” then whatever.

Posted by SK77 on 07/02/11 at 01:37 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Regardless of who you offer the contract to, it’s still the same type of structure.

Regardless of whether it’s done in a fit of rage or in defending one’s family, it’s still murder.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/02/11 at 02:12 PM ET

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I guess a in order to care about “cap manipulation” you would have to be a fan of the cap.

Posted by herschel c. wollmack on 07/02/11 at 03:13 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

All great NHL careers go to the Rangers to die.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 07/02/11 at 04:12 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Pulling an offer from an aging player who was out of the NHL is one thing. Cap manipulation is another. And you can spin it by saying it was to reward loyalty. Maybe a bit. But there’s no doubt cap manipulation was primary reason for the structure of those deals.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/02/11 at 11:50 AM ET

That’s great, but you still didn’t address the fact you were singing the praises of Holland yesterday.

Regardless of what the Rangers did to get Richards, the contract Holland gave Dats and Z has been public knowledge for a long time. But now Holland is a manipulator, and not a genius?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/02/11 at 04:22 PM ET

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