Morris was asked if he has spoken with Richards since the end of the season and said, "yes, quite often."
Morris added, "He is a veteran and was through all of this last year when the world thought he would be bought out last year and everyone is expecting it to be automatic this year. His name isn't on the waiver list today and effectively it doesn't have to since he has a no-move. His head is that he can't control anything. He had a strong season, would have finished first, second or third on I think 22 teams in the league. He accorded himself well in the playoffs as the semi-finals ended and they went to the Finals and people were exalting him as a great captain of the Rangers and one of the reason they are in the Final. After game two he is an automatic buyout because he had, to his own accountability, a poor game and ended up on the fourth line. That is in the Rangers hands and they haven't disclosed what they will do. I know they are meeting on various issues and have a lot of decisions to make. A hockey decision I think they keep him, a business decision they may not."
He adds, "I have spoken to Glen and Glen is very positive about Brad's season and most of the playoffs, saying that his Final was not at the level of the previous three seasons but no one besides Lundqvist was perfect in that round. He was pleased with his season. From a hockey point of view he isn't against moving forward with him but it's a business decision that may be out of of Glen's hand."
When asked about his gut feeling, Morris said, "My gut feeling is that it wouldn't surprise me if he is kept, maybe that is my heart and not my head, but with the commentary from Glen Sather, he was positive about Brad's role this season, especially after Callahan left and his leadership and maybe moving forward. That said, that is the hockey side and the business side is that they have 11 players to re-sign so something has to give somewhere or the team will look a lot different with Brassard and Kreider and Zuccarello as RFAs and Boyle, Pouliot Moore and Carcillo as UFAs, and John Moore as an RFA and Stralman and Diaz as UFAs so it's 11 players they have to attend to and it doesn't fit under their current cap and where the cap would head to."
On the cap recapture, "the rule was put in place for anyone who had a contract that was front loaded. That contract was registered and that was pre this CBA and in this CBA they created a new element and anyone whose contract is front loaded and lessens, and Brad's contract for the next three years is substantive and then in the final three years it's at $1 million per year so if a player retires they have a description called the cap recapture where the Rangers, if Brad did decide that he wouldn't play at that price or couldn't play, there is a cap recapture that is close to $6 million per year on the cap that is dead space. Either way, in reference to the cap recapture or keeping him as his cap hit until 40, it's severe. Another way to look at it is could he play the next three years because he will continue to train hard and that with his advancing age he needs to work harder because of the speed of the game and he did that for the first time with a new trainer this summer and he will do it again this summer. He is pleased with his season but at the same time, three-years from now a team can buy a player out and it's still severe, it's not buying out a million, a million and a million, there is factoring in the cap hit as well so there isn't any pleasant way for the Rangers to look at it and Brad is the recipient of what their decision is."