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06-24-2013, 06:36 PM
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Maybe I’m missing something, but not quite sure about this theory that the loss of John Tortorella helps Brad Richards’ cause to NOT be bought out.

Tortorella hung on to his long-time compadre until the veteran center’s deteriorating play forced him to make a decision to demote and then bench him. No choice. Would’ve happened sooner without their previous relationship from Tampa, methinks.

If Torts was still in New York, he might have fought to keep Broadway Brad for another year, arguing that training camp and a fresh start would revitalize him. In fact, I’m not sure that he and Sather didn’t go toe-to-toe on this.
Torts said on break up day that he thought Richards would bounce back and have a good year. Two days later,Sather fired him.

The decision is in Sather’s hands, and can’t be official once the buyout period begins 48 hours after the Final ends. That could be late Wednesday (if the Hawks win the Cup tonight) to July 4, the day prior to free agency. Or it could start Friday, if there’s a Game 7.

If Slats wants a puck-moving, uptempo game and avoid a potential financial quagmire, he absolutely should cut Richards loose, and probably will.

Brad Richards came to New York because of John Tortorella. The Calgary Flames offered him more money. Their other client Iginla needed a center. Newport Sports wanted Richards to take the Calgary deal. Ron McLean reported that. When Pat Morris was in FLA last week meeting with Dale Tallon about Stephen Weiss. McLean reported that. McLean's source for the Rangers and Richards stuff is Morris.

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