Brad Richards left New York in the most ignominious of fashions. The Rangers had no use for him and issued a compliance buyout of his contract.
NHL free agency frenzy kicked off Tuesday, and there was enough money thrown around to end world hunger. But sometimes, general managers and owners act irresponsibly with their wallets.
Brad Richards playing on Long Island? It’s possible.
The 34-year-old Richards was expected to be a casualty, along with his $6.67-million cap hit, once the Rangers’ season ended.
As is always the case at the end of the season, changes will be made before the team gets back together for training camp in about three months.
The Rangers took their fans on an incredible ride that was equally unexpected and unforgettable. Now the page immediately turns to preparations for next season.
While the Kings are trying to close out the series, New York’s focus is strictly on moving past disappointment and getting back to LA for Game 5.
Look no further than alternate captain Brad Richards as the main reason why the Rangers’ power play has fizzled. His overall game has disintegrated during the finals.
Game 1 goat Dan Girardi knows the Rangers can’t think about the past if they hope to raise the Cup in the near future. The best way to move on would be with a win Saturday.
The Rangers know that many, if not most, in the hockey world aren’t giving them much of a chance to win the Cup. They have heard it before, and have just gone about their business.
Even though New York was the first to claim a spot in the finals, many have already written off the Blueshirts as severe underdogs against Los Angeles.
Ten years after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship, veteran Rangers teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis are ready for an encore.
When the final buzzer sounded Thursday night, the Broadway Blueshirts were in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since captain Mark Messier was in charge.
Now that the Canadiens have staved off elimination once in Game 5, the Rangers are wary of giving them any more hope they can turn the tables.
The Rangers have two key assets to fall back on — penalty killing and goaltending. It’s a combo that has put them within one victory of their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.