Brad Richards did a lot of good things for the Rangers but lets not forget how out of shape he showed up to camp during the lockout year. Richards earned this buyout, is not the type of player that will age well.
Yes, the team will miss his leadership but this was a no-brainer.
I think Brassard can be a good enough 2nd line C. Stepan needs to be more consistent to be a complete #1. Can see that happening.
D. Moore 3C. Boyle 4th line.
Not dynamic in scoring, but was it when we made our runs in 12' and 14'? Not worried.
Boyle will be gone. Moore is nice, but probably won't even get 10 goals. Asking more from others and putting more pressure from others may not be a good thing. The center answer may not currently reside on this team.
Yeah. Pretty sure those 66 points his first year, .72 ppg plus numerous clutch goals were all meaningless. Give me a break
I don't think you understand.
Brad Richards wasn't a 65 point center before signing with us. He was much better and playing some of the best hockey of his career. His play dropped dramatically when he signed with us. Most of that likely in part to being out of shape, which he publicly admitted to.
It's fascinating how someone could lack the understanding to comprehend this. If McDonagh comes out and plays like he did his rookie year next season it will be quality defenseman play. In the scope of his career though it's crap, and we would all be very upset. Understand?
The Rangers had to do this because of the ridiculous contract and this is what happens when players get overpaid in FA. He has no one to blame but himself. That being said I have had the pleasure of meeting Richie at several events and he is truly a genuinely quality and caring person and true professional. I wish him well.
The right move. He wasn't worth his cap hit now let alone 6 years from now and the cap recapture thing--just too much. The last thing was the playoffs--two pretty good series followed by two lacklustre ones. The guy didn't have enough gas to go a full regular season and 4 playoff rounds. I don't blame him for that but it tells me if the Rangers were ever to go back to the finals he'd be an absolute passenger by the time we got there. Can't have that. You need everybody contributing if you're going to have a chance. Anyway his point play can be real iffy. We need to find someone better to handle the point on the pwp.