I don't see it being Richards they buy out. Redden is a certainty, but Richards is a guy that you can definitely move without having to buy out. 34 for a center isn't ancient by any means.
And there's also the fact that $6.67M is sustainable. We dealt with Drury for his final 2 seasons at 7M... unless he becomes Drury 2.0 (equivalent of Redden, all things considered), Richards WILL NOT be bought out.
this is one of the few ideas that has a reason behind it. the trade girardi, trade staal, trade del zotto because we have too many good defenders has to be one of the dumber ideas. then theres the trade gaborik idea which is just insane. oh and who could forget callahan is a 3rd line grinder. if the organization was up to the rangers board no one would be safe
The NHL has a 48 game season plus the playoffs and a full season in 13-14 to get increase revenue for 14-15. The 15-16 cap is going up based on the CBC contract expiring after 13-14. The revenue for 15-16 will increase based on the new TV contract in Canada which will begin in 14-15. The Rangers and the other big market teams can help increase revenue in the next 18 months with some long playoff runs. I like Gaborik but the Rangers may be better built to use 2 players with that $7.5M. Another top D and a top 6 forward. 45% of the payroll in 4 players doesn't leave much for the entire roster. The CBA could have been much more worse. If Kelly was running the PA,he would have folded and we have had hockey much earlier but it would have been bad for the Rangers.