Monday, February 28, 2011

New Brad Richards Cost, Updated Rumors.

In today’s NY Post, Larry Brooks writes there is a new asking price from Joe Nieuwendyk for Brad Richards in Artem Anisimov, a top prospect and a first round pick.  This demand is certainly lower than what Brooks said the demand was last week.  The key to evaluating the demand would be in knowing which prospect it was that Nieuwendyk is seeking.  The popular belief/wish this morning among Rangers fans is that it is Grachev.  Possible this is the actual case, but also seems like wishful thinking that a guy Rangers fans are all too happy to get rid of would be the one a team is demanding for a guy they want.  Dallas very well could be asking for Chris Kreider or Dylan McIlrath, who they were apparently intent on taking in this year’s draft before the Rangers grabbed him at 10.
Darren Dreger tweets that unless something changes, Richards will not be leaving Dallas today.
Helene Elliot in LA Times and Elliote Freidman of Hockey Night In Canada both believe that the Stars will hold onto Richards if they think he can be re-signed.
Jesse Spector tweets “Pierre McGuire inserts McDonagh into Richards rumors, a name that should make it instant hang-up-the-phone time for Sather.”  Jesse is absolutely right and if Sather did pull the trigger on a move like that there would be a riot.