Thread: Larry Brooks: Slats in no rush to add Brad
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11-24-2010, 04:48 AM
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Slats in no rush to add Brad

The Post has learned, however, that Sather has no intention of offering the financially distressed Stars that absurd combination of young guns, or indeed any permutation of emerging Bluebloods to fill the need for an upper-echelon playmaker to skate with Marian Gaborik, though the absence of such a pivot wouldn't seem to have had anything to do with No. 10's puzzling disappearing act against the Flames in Monday's rollicking 2-1 victory at the Garden.

There is no doubt Sather will mount up, cry giddyup, and pursue Richards -- who won the Conn Smythe playing for coach John Tortorella's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning Lightning -- once he hits the open market on July 1.

But keep in mind that though the check writer will be willing, summer cap space is going to be a squeeze, factoring in Wade Redden's returning $6.5 million hit; the $10-11 million the Blueshirts will have to set aside for pending Group II free agents Callahan, Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov; the absence of an additional bonus cushion in the final year of the CBA; and the possibility, if not likelihood, the NHPA will vote against triggering an additional five percent hike in the cap.

No surprise here. Sather is rather conservative at the trading deadline. Hasn't traded a #1 pick since 2002. They didn't pay the bounty for Kovalchuk last winter either. Trading a 2nd round pick for Nik Antropov is more in line with what Sather might do than forking over multiple assets for 40 days. Rangers have two 2nds this June.

The CBA stuff is real. Everyone ignores it. We have discussed it in the salary cap sticky.

Throw in new contracts for Boyle and Sauer.

CBA would have gone by up by $150,000 for 2010-11 if the NHLPA voted against the 5% escalator.

Slats will look to add a lefty on defense without giving up a core part.

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