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Will Toronto Sign Brad Richards?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Will the Maple Leafs be in on the Brad Richards sweepstakes? Should they be?

It is a complicated scenario made even more vague by the fact that for all sorts of reasons, Toronto general manager Brian Burke and his management team have no interest in discussing the matter publicly in advance of the July 1 free-agency period.

The Leafs got burned, you will remember, on the foiled pursuit of the Sedin twins a couple of years ago and, to add to that frustration, were charged by the NHL with tampering because of seemingly innocent comments made by coach Ron Wilson while the Sedins were still under contract with the Canucks.

Given the fact that Richards is the standalone big-name in this year’s pool and the list of suitors has some heavy hitters, nothing can be gained by Burke tipping his hand.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Richard’s is on the record saying that he was disappointed with Dallas’ inability to compete for the cup for so long. I think Toronto’s got a bit of a tough sell - they’ve got to convince Richards that he really is that ‘one last piece’ they need to be competitive.

I don’t think Richards is going to have much interest in coming to the big smoke only to be a part of the team’s perpetual rebuild.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 06/27/11 at 12:02 PM ET

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This year is an interesting one for FAs.  With the CBA ending everyone is assuming that there’s going to be a cap rollback again, so if you’re a UFA do you sign a longterm deal knowing that they’re going to get a salary cut next year but not knowing how much of a cut it will be or do you sign a one-year deal this year and then sign your big, long-term deal next year, knowing exactly how much you’re going to be making?

I thought it was a dumb idea before for the Wings to go for Richards, but they’ve got a shit-ton of cap room this year, so maybe they toss a one-year with a huge number at him this year and convince him to explore the market next season…

Posted by Garth on 06/27/11 at 01:19 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

Richard’s is on the record saying that he was disappointed with Dallas’ inability to compete for the cup for so long.

If that’s the truth and he wants to play for a team that’s a contender every year…then that’d put the Rangers out of contention, too…wouldn’t it?

Maybe his only choice would be to sign with Philly or Detroit - either for less money or less years, respectively.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 06/27/11 at 03:07 PM ET

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