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by George Malik on 06/04/11 at 11:36 PM ET
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun spoke about several particularly notable topics during Saturday night’s Satellite Hotstove on Hockey Night in Canada (you can watch the clip, which will probably be followed by a column from the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis in the near future, here), including possible expansion of the blind-side hitting rule, the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators’ coaching searches (LeBrun says that Bob Boughner interviewed with the Sens), the fact that at least some NHL types are considering dropping down to two conferences when the whole relocation/realignment talk comes up next year, and he also refutes a doofy report about Sidney Crosby’s status (he’s still on track to return), but this comment merits posting in the Malik Report:
We updated the Brad Richards’ situation on Thursday. Some further notes on the matter: While the whole world knows the New York Rangers will be in the mix for him, we’re told the Blueshirts also have interest in Florida’s Stephen Weiss should the money and terms to get Richards get out of hand. In other words, Weiss would be an appealing Plan B.
The Detroit Red Wings, meanwhile, are an intriguing team that has some interest in Richards, but only for a short-term and cap-friendly deal. The pitch from Detroit would be to come and win a Cup. Richards will certainly be fielding more lucrative offers in terms of term and money. Expect the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs, among other teams, to be in the mix.
Continued, and I know it’s “intriguing,” but given that the Wings look like a team that, as of this evening, anyway, may have to replace both Brian Rafalski and Jonathan Ericsson, I don’t see a logical fit with the Wings.
Edit/update: Via a conversation on Twitter, the obvious: the Red Wings are a team whose blueprint is all about building from the blueline out, using puck-moving defensemen as the foundation for their offensive machine. Signing Richards would create a hole in the roster to fill a gap that doesn’t exist, and it would fundamentally betray the Holland/Nill blueprint. I don’t see how it makes any sense. It’s an “intriguing story,” but that’s it.
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