Even though Glen Sather was (understandably) non-committal when asked about a potential buyout of Brad Richards during Stanley Cup Final media day, we all know the story. The Rangers will use their final amnesty buyout on Richards. Even if he actually played like a top 6 center this season, he was going to be bought out. His contract in it’s old collective bargaining agreement structure is simply too toxic to keep on the books. From Larry Brooks:
It is a fait accompli that Brad Richards has worn the Blueshirt for the final time. It is only a matter of timing as to when management exercises its final amnesty buyout on the team’s de-facto captain, whose tenure over three years added class and a substantial presence to the organization. Richards will leave the Rangers in a far better place than when he joined them. His contract has paid for itself.
While I agree that Richards is leaving the Rangers better than he left it, I’m not sure what or how much of their success can be attributed to his tenure in New York. He will leave on bad terms, his Stanley Cup Final performance was unforgivable, but he had his moments in New York. I’ll be keeping a “Farewell Brad Richards” post on stand by until the time comes.