No, it's not. The paperwork is probably already filed. You obviously make a move to replace him in the off-season.
there is zero guarantee that you get a top tier center in the offseason and there's no way in hell sather let's boyle and stepan be our 1 and 2 centers. be realistic. richards shows glances of his skill still, he's just panicking mentally. blame it on lack of camp, changes of chemistry, or the long break or w/e but this is 100% mental. he didn't have the best start last season either. i'd rather risk it being mental and keeping him than having boyle our #2 center any dayy
Brooks brings up Gaborik as a compliance buyout. What? The Rangers can trade him. The Rangers should trade him. Richards is an absolute compliance buyout. If he plays this way for the rest of the season,consider executing the buyout this summer. Why risk the possibility of an injury?
Doesn't Gaborik have a NTC? If has half a brain he'll make them buy him out, collect the cash, and go sign a new fat contract.
There are injuries. NYR had a significant turnover and no camp. I get a lack of chemistry, but the identity and team toughness is lacking - that concerns me even more. Stay the course right now, but if things continue on a downward spiral, then you may have to investigate a few significant moves for the future. (Such as: investigate DZ for RoR, dealing Gabby, seeing if you can move BR to a team like Toronto - otherwise a buy out.) - that worst case scenario may not be all bad for next year.. especially if you could being in a guy like Perry. You've now added picks/prospects and still go into next year with a top 6 including Nash, Perry, Stepan, RoR, Cally, Hagelin etc... But I'm getting Waaaaaaay ahead of myself!
They were also extremely close to getting knocked out in the first round by the 8th seed, and then in the second round by the 7th seed. Maybe that's not entirely relevant - it's drawing straws that may or may not have been meaningful, but for as close as we supposedly were, we didn't make it easy.
And the Devils were one goal away from being eliminated in the first round. Not every team rolls through the playoffs sweeping one round after the next.
The funny thing is, Richards ends up getting bought out, Gabby gets traded, albeit for a good return, but not straight up for another player of his caliber obviously and we're building an offense around Rick Nash. Might actually be better than trying to have three "superstars" in the lineup and no depth.
Building around Rick Nash offensively seems like a bad idea, not sure turning the Blueshirts into the Blue Jackets is the best direction.
Shouldn't Tortorella just loosen the offensive reigns a bit now that the Rangers have so much offensive talent? Let those guys do what makes them successful and have the goalie bail you out. Seems like a better idea than grinding yourself down.