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No Richards decision tonight.  The Flyers have reportedly just pulled out, leaving the Flames, Leafs, Kings and Rangers.   We'll catch you all tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!




10:32pm -  There will be no decision from Richards tonight.

9:59pm - Brooks: "Rangers appear to be in good position here with Richards though not sure of numbers."

9:58 - Dreger: "Calgary is getting a lot of pub..for good reason, but NYR, LA and Toronto are still very much in the mix."

9:56pm McKenzie:

"IF Richards ended up in CGY, plan would be to play him with Iginla and Tanguay. Iginla said to be active in lobbying Richards."

"I suspect NYR favorite to win out, but I would guess CGY is ahead of TOR or LA or other suitors at this point. Will find out soon enough."

"Let's say CGY offers $64M for 9 years, or cap hit of about $7M. But if last 3 yrs are "bogus" it could end up being 6 yrs for about $60M."

"CGY GM Jay Feaster's previous relationship with Brad Richards is a factor in Flames being in this to the point they are."

9:16pm - Dreger: "Iginla believed to be involved in Flames offer. Richards, Iginla and Tanguay. Flames travel schedule may be a negative."

9:02 Dreger: "Folks...indications suggest the Rangers are still the frontrunner, but make no mistake about it, the Calgary Flames are in the hunt."

9:00 Lavoie says the Rangers, Flyers, Leafs, Kings and Flames are still in the hunt for Richards.

8:40 A source told Brooks the Rangers don't have the high bid but are sitll in the running for Richards.

8:39 Click here for our analysis of the Fedotenko re-signing.

8:27pm - Brooks reports that Richards is still deciding but the Rangers don't have nearly the highest bid.

8:21pm - Rangers re-sign Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.

8:17pm - Tampa Bay is out of the running for Richards.

7:27pm - From Kypreos: "#NHL #Kings present Brad Richards a video on merits of coming to LA. Included in video was Wayne Gretzky and Kobe Bryant."

7:13pm - Spector: "If #NYR able to land Richards, hearing they may seek scoring LW via trade. FA would be unlikely, especially given market."

7:09pm - From beat writer Jim Cerny: "Do not believe now that Brad Richards decision will carry over into tomorrow...pretty sure we will know tonight"

7:02pm - Brooks: "Source: Kings enlisted Wayne Gretzky to help sell Richards on merits of playing in LA."

6:39pm - From McKenzie: "I have no clue on legitimately handicapping the Brad Richards' sweepstakes. Like most, I figure the NYR to be at the front of the line......But I would suspect L.A., Tampa, Toronto and others have given Richards plenty to think about."

6:09pm - From TSN's Bob McKenzie: "@NYP_Brooksie Me thinks NYR in a little scramble mode after other organizations went to Toronto for the dog and pony show with Richards."

6:04pm - Brooks reports that Jim Dolan himself has spoken with Richards.  But what does it mean?

5:48pm - All quiet on the Richards front.  Perhaps everyone is taking a break for dinner?

5:15pm - Jesse Spector has been told by one source that Calgary offered nine-years, $64 million, but another source said Richards won't go to the Flames.

5:14pm - Brooks says right now the Rangers don't have the highest bid for Richards.

5:04pm - Kypreos reports the Flyers have made a strong pitch to Richards and may now be the frontrunner.

4:58pm - Florida signs Tomas Fleischmann to a four-year, $18 million deal.  Big day for the Panthers.  Not many desirable forwards left.

4:51pm - Dreger says the Flames are in with a big late push for Richards and the Flyers are involved as well.

4:47pm - Brooks reports that the Rangers have made their pitch to Richards.

4:39pm - TSN's Gord Miller says Rangers officials are still confident they'll land Brad Richards.

4:20pm - Dreger says in-person meetings with Richards are over, now there will likely be some conference calls (assume NY will be one of them)

4:14pm - TSN's Bob McKenzie reports Ville Leino signs with the Sabres for six-years, $27 million.  Buffalo likely out on Richards now.

4:03pm - All quiet on the Rangers front after the Rupp news.  Still waiting on Richards.

3:15pm - Click here for our analysis of the Rupp signing.

3:14pm - Tampa Bay is meeting with Richards now.

2:59pm - The Rangers have signed Mike Rupp to a three-year, $4.5 million deal.

2:57pm - A source tells Brooks that the team is currently focused on Rupp, not Babchuk.

2:46pm - Richards still out there and a lot could change, but right now the Rangers are one of the big winners of the day for demonstrating restraint.

2:45pm - Brooks reports the Rangers are after Mike Rupp and Anton Babchuk.  Brooks doesn't know if New York has made a formal offer to either.

2:12pm - From Nick Kypreos: "Hearing rumblings #NHL teams presenting to Brad Richards are pitching 12.8M max offer in years 1 and 2. Crazy money out there."

2:05pm - A source told Brooks that the Rangers will have the chance to match top offers for Richards.

1:49pm - Brunette signs with Chicago

1:33pm - Jagr gets a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

1:23 Bombshell.  Jaromir Jagr is a Philadelphia Flyer.

1:22pm - The NHL Network guys reporting that Toronto is also visiting with Richards and Buffalo will be later.  LA, Tor and Buf all sending big-time contingents.

1:06pm - TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the Rangers are one of several interested teams in left wing Andrew Brunette.  Obvious need for the Blueshirts, Brunette, 37, had 18 goals and 28 assists last year.

12:51pm - Will only be posting Rangers rumors/news here, follow all the signings here.

12:38 pm - Tampa Bay signs goalie Mathieu Garon to a two-year, $1.3 million deal.  Lightning signed prospect Brett Connolly and New York Islanders signed prospect Kirill Kabanov

12:37pm - Not much to report yet.  NJD re-sign Andy Greene, the Kings are currently meeting with Brad Richards.  James Wisniewski signed a six-year, $33 million deal with Columbus earlier. 

12:07 Kevin Allen of USA Today says the Red Wings are out on Jagr as well.

12:00pm - And we're off!

11:59am - The Penguins have withdrawn their offer to Jaromir Jagr.  Detroit and Montreal are still believed to be interested.

10:58am - Many teams are sending delegations to meet with Richards, but the Rangers aren't among them.  From the NY Post's Larry Brooks, "Rangers are not sending delegation to meet with Richards. He knows Tortorella well enough by now."

10:35 Dreger reports that the Los Angeles Kings are still planning to go hard after Brad Richards despite adding Mike Richards two weeks ago.

10:01am - RDS hockey reporter Renaud P Lavoie thinks Tampa Bay is still trying to find a way to keep Steven Stamkos AND get Brad Richards.

9:28am - The NY Post's Larry Brooks reports the Rangers are believed to be interested in Pittsburgh's Mike Rupp, Vancouver's Tanner Glass, Calgary's Anton Babchuk and Columbus's Jan Hejda.  Brooks doesn't believe the Rangers will go higher than six-years, $42 million.

9:04am - Dreger says Richards probably won't make a decision until late afternoon or tonight.


11:32pm - Straight from the horse's mouth, Richards just tweeted, "Big day tomorrow. Very open minded to all the situations that will be presented. To bad I couldn't try them all.... Will be good to move on"

11:30pm - Newsday's Arthur Staple thinks the Rangers will land Richards.

10:04pm - TSN's Darren Dreger, who's usually spot on, says that we shouldn't expect a quick decision from Richards.


Free agency is nearly upon us and as usual there are rumors flying about the bundles of cash GM Glen Sather might be prepared to spend today.

New York could use help on the left wing, a veteran defenseman, and possibly a tough guy, but the big fish that everyone’s talking about is 31-year-old Dallas Stars center Brad Richards.

The pivot won a Stanley Cup with John Tortorella and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and won the Conn Smythe that year thanks to a 12 goal, 14 assist postseason.  Richards has scored 70+ points in five of the last seven seasons and has spent the last four years with Dallas after coming over in a trade in 2008.

He would be the answer to the Rangers’ long-standing hole at first-line center and could be the type of player that single-handedly improves the Rangers’ offense and power play and pushes the team to the next level.

The concern is that Richards is already 31 and suffered a concussion last year, plus he’s said to be seeking a contract for eight-years, $50 million.

Reports out of New York have been conflicting, but most recently it has sounded like Sather is prepared to lob a hefty offer at Richards, though whether it comes near his demands is unknown.

Richards’ other prime suitor is likely to be the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are desperate to land a superstar and have plenty of cash to play with.  Though Toronto may make a huge offer to Richards, it’s believed that the center is not highly interested in joining the team.

Another possible competitor could be the Buffalo Sabres, who, with new owner Terry Pegula are prepared to spend big money on the open market.  The Sabres gave Christian Ehrhoff a 10-year, $40 million deal Thursday night and are rumored to be willing to throw another front-loaded, long-term deal Richards’ way. 

The Flyers could emerge as another interested party and other contenders could emerge, but right now it appears that Richards will pick from those three teams.

While the focus of the day will be on Richards, the Rangers could also be considering adding a left winger like Ville Leino or Tomas Fleischmann, both of whom are still in their prime and capable of posting 50+ points a season.  Both will be in high demand and receive a number of offers, but if the Blueshirts strike out on Richards, New York could quickly turn to one of them.

Other intriguing possibilities at forward include Michael Ryder, Simon Gagne, Andrew Brunette, Steve Sullivan and Erik Cole.

There’s little doubt that the big target is Richards but whether No. 91 ends up on Broadway or not, the Blueshirts will likely be active today.

Here’s our look at how the Rangers may choose to handle 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 >

No, The Rangers Won't Be Giving Steven Stamkos An Offer Sheet >


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