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Even On Draft Day Richards Rumors Fly







We’re just under an hour away from the start of the NHL Draft, but even on such a big day for the Rangers the Brad Richards rumors continue.

The NY Post’s Larry Brooks reports that Richards is seeking an eight year deal worth between $50 million and $55 million while Jesse Spector of the Daily News reports that the Rangers are the “favorites” to land Richards and are ready to go “all-out” in pursuit of the 31-year-old.  Spector’s comments fly in the face of many of the rumors we’ve heard lately that the Rangers weren’t willing to overspend on Richards and that the center wasn’t as high on New York as originally thought. 

If Spector’s report comes to fruition on July 1, it will represent a return to GM Glen Sather’s old ways in the eyes of many, but it will also show us just how good of a player the Rangers think Richards is and how close they believe they are to contention.

To feel completely comfortable about a Richards deal, most would prefer a contract in the range of three-years, $21 million.  Unfortunately, that’s not reality and Richards will command a higher annual salary and a longer deal, and every interested team knows it.

Such a humongous deal would be alarming, but Richards does have the ability to make it worthwhile.

- Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that one popular backup plan at center, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, is not on the Rangers’ radar.  That could change, but Staple says he’s heard there’s “no chance” of the Rangers dealing for Spezza.  So it would appear that it’s Richards, Colorado’s Paul Stastny, or the status quo.

- In a move that has not yet been officially announced and has gone largely unnoticed, the Rangers signed Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, a 5-9, 175 lb center that racked up 95 points last year in the QMJHL.    Audy-Marchessault, 21, has been with the Quebec Ramparts the last four years but really emerged last season.  Audy-Marchessault scored 40 goals and 55 assists in 68 games and added 11 goals and 22 assists in 18 playoff games.  Audy-Marchessault signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blueshirts and should end up with the CT Whale next year.  The Rangers make a signing like this every so often and usually they amount to nothing.  Nevertheless, Audy-Marchessault’s production this year is undeniable and he is certainly a name to watch going forward.

- The Rangers also re-signed CT Whale left wing Dale Weise to another one-year, two-way deal.  Weise tallied 38 points in 47 games for the Whale, but is probably best known for his Gatorade gaffe while with the Rangers in a brief 10-game cameo in January.  Weise is at a point in his career where his future with New York is in major question, but the team was apparently satisfied enough with Weise’s play in his cup of tea with the NHL squad that they want to give him one more chance this season.

 

 

Season Review:

Breaking Down The Defense >

Breaking Down The Goalies >

Breaking Down The Offense >

Breaking Down The Prospects >

How Three Free Agent Signings In 2007 Have Shaped The Eastern Conference >

Spotlight On Glen Sather >

Spotlight On John Tortorella >

Rangers Land Tim Erixon: What Does It Mean?

More Erixon Trade Fallout >

What The Rangers Can Learn From The Bruins > 

Rangers Will Face Stiff Competition  In The East In 2011-2012 >

2011-2012 Schedule Analysis >

 

Player Reviews:

Spotlight On Mats Zuccarello >

Spotlight On Brian Boyle >

Spotlight On Matt Gilroy >

Spotlight On Ruslan Fedotenko >

Spotlight On Brandon Prust >

Spotlight On Bryan McCabe >

Spotlight On Alex Frolov >

Spotlight On Michael Del Zotto >

Spotlight On Martin Biron >

Spotlight On Brandon Dubinsky >

Spotlight On Marc Staal >

Spotlight On Steve Eminger >

Spotlight On Henrik Lundqvist >

Spotlight On Wojtek Wolski >

Spotlight On Sean Avery >

Spotlight On Dan Girardi >

Spotlight On Erik Christensen >

Spotlight On Ryan McDonagh >

Spotlight On Vinny Prospal >

Spotlight On Derek Stepan >

Spotlight On Marian Gaborik >

Spotlight On Chris Drury >

Spotlight On Artem Anisimov >

Spotlight On Mike Sauer >

Spotlight On Ryan Callahan >

 

Free Agency:

Plan A: Sign Brad Richards >

Plan B: Trade For A Top Center >

Plan C: Stick With The Status Quo At Center >

Plan D: Add An Offensive Winger >

Plan E: Sign An Impact Veteran UFA Defenseman >

 

Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 24, 2011 at 05:55 pm
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