Not surprising, considering the Rangers were always going to be willing to pay Richards more than he’s realistically worth. With a 9 year contract for a cap hit of $6.67 million per year, Brad Richards will suit up in the Big Apple, a place where stars go to die.
Congratulations to Ranger fans, you’re due for another long stretch of overpaying for aging stars, and an inability to retain or develop your own stars. All of Richards’ fun and games in making a decision come down to the very obvious conclusion that winning never seriously entered his consideration. It’s fairly clear that the Kings are on the upswing, and the Rangers continue to spin their wheels. Adding a nearly $7 million cap hit to their team is exactly why I’m on record as saying that signing Richards would be a bad idea for the Kings.
If he was going to be willing to come over more inexpensively, then it might be something worth considering, but thankfully Lombardi and company decided he wasn’t worth more than they were willing to pay, and that was the end of that. One thing to be grateful for, Richards won’t handcuff our ability to come to a deal with Doughty or any of our other youngsters. Good job Lombardi.