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11-21-2010, 12:50 PM
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Brad Richards/Mike Ribeiro Are They Options?

Bruce Garrioch:

The whisper among NHL executives is that both New York and Toronto are interested in Dallas Cs Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards if Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk decides to make a move.

Richards would be the easier of the two to move because he can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, while Ribeiro has two years remaining on his deal with a cap hit of $5 million (all terms US) per season, which makes him a lot tougher to deal.

With the Stars ownership in a state of flux, Dallas likely canít afford to keep Richards. He will be the top UFA available next summer and could fetch the club some prospects.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, Richards goes UFA one summer too early. Next year both Michal Rozsival and Chris Drury would be coming off the books (clearing about $13 million in space) & this summer Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and Brian Boyle are due hefty raises. It's more important for the organization to lock those guys up than it is to acquire Richards.

The only way for Richards to make cap sense would be for Michal Rozsival to be moved. It's very likely a team will take him with only one year left on his deal & $3 million in salary due. But that begs the question of who is going to play those minutes on the blueline? It sure doesn't seem like Ryan McDonagh or Pavel Valentenko will be ready for the show next year. That means the Rangers will once again need to dip into free agency. The logistics of acquiring Richards this summer are extremely complicated and for all we know Derek Stepan may prove to be a viable solution.
Figured it mine as well be talked about. Seems as though Richards is going to keep coming up in trade rumors w/ the Rnagers. I dont know about Ribeiro although for cap reasons he may make more sense and probably wouldn't take a whole lot to get him out of Dallas.

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