This season, Richards says that it's been in the back of his mind but not weighing on him or impacting his game in any way. He adds that he has no idea if a decision has been made or which way the team may be leaning as he hasn't spoken with anyone in management about it. (NY Post)
Richards says that he wants to play well in the playoffs not because of anything with his contract but because he is hungry to win another Stanley Cup. (NY Post)
Brooks describes the situation as "the possibility, if not the likelihood" that Richards will be bought out with no cap ramifications. (NY Post)
On the team going into the playoffs, Richards says that he likes the mix of veterans and young players and the ability of the team to win in different ways. (NY Post)
THIS SECTION is all about a potential Richards buyout.
Adam Rotter: The thing with the Richards buyout that doesn't make sense to me is why they would buy him out when he was much better this year. It would have been one thing to buy him out after a bad season like last year, but he has been much better this year so buying him out now, when you know he can still play good hockey, doesn't make sense to me. The idea of buying him out, because of potential cap recapture penalties and because he isn't worth his cap hit or salary is one thing, but to buy him out after he proved them right for keeping him doesn't.