On TSN Drive today this afternoon, Dave Naylor asked Bob McKenzie about Brad Richards and what his future may hold after this season since the Rangers could use their final compliance buyout on him.
McKenzie said, "the fact that he has played as well as he has will give them pause to consider but the sense I got a year ago, when they decided not to buy him out was that it was inevitable they would buy him out the next year for that very reason, that unless he is playing like one of your top two centers and doing it in such a fashion that you believe he will keep doing it for another 2-3 years and that you are obliged to buy him out. I don't know if what has happened this season in the playoffs is enough to take that risk and maybe weigh it against where the cap is going and saying that maybe we can absorb this a little better because the cap was set to look like it was going to rocket up but now with the Canadian dollar it has tempered those expectations a bit. I think there are a lot of considerations there that we are not privy too on the financial side."
- If Richards were to retire before his contract expires the Rangers would be hit with cap penalties that can vary depending on the season he retires. (Cap Geek)
Richards has six-years left on his deal with the Rangers but his salary per season in the final three years of his contract drops to $1 million.
It was noted last month that the Rangers may not use their buyout on Richards.
On Richards, Alain Vigneault (via the NHL) said this today, "I would say to you that even when Ryan was here, since day one, Brad has been without a doubt one of my top go‑to guys. He came here with a great attitude. He came here with great work ethic. He's been a really strong role model since day one since I've been here. I've really leaned on him and his experience. When Ryan left for Tampa, Brad was getting a very good friend, so he helped, obviously, build that relationship with the rest of his teammates. But since the first day this year he's been a really big part of our team on the ice and in the dressing room and off the ice."
THIS SECTION is all about a potential Richards buyout.