Thread: Speculation: Brad Richards
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02-23-2011, 11:02 AM
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Sources say Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk is exploring interest in Brad Richards.

The New York Rangers are believed to be among as many as six teams who have recently discussed the star centre's potential availability.

This news doesn't mean Nieuwendyk has decided to trade Richards, who remains sidelined with concussion symptoms, but given the Stars' five-game losing skid and drop to 11th in the conference, trading Richards has become a strong possibility.

The Stars will face the Red Wings in Detroit on Thursday before hosting the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

The outcome of these two games could have significant impact on Nieuwendyk's decision.

On Tuesday, Nieuwendyk said it was "possible" Richards could resume skating in the next few days.

Whether or not Dallas actually ends up dealing Richards, Regier should be at a minimum throwing his hat in the ring and making Nieuwendyk clearly aware of the Sabres' interest - especially now that Pegula's mantra has eliminated the fears about Richards' contract costs.

Of course, Regier is proibably more likely to sit by his phone and wait for Nieuwendyk to call him and offer Richards rather than to take the initiative and make a pitch.

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