Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rumor: Dreger Doubts Whether Rangers Will Answer Richards Demands

During a conversation with Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank, Darren Dreger of TSN reports that he expects Brad Richards to get a long term contract averaging at least $6.5 million per season.  That part of the conversation was nothing new.  What was interesting was to hear Dreger volunteer the fact that he doesn’t think the Rangers are willing to do that kind of deal.
“I don’t think the New York Rangers have the stomach or the where-with-all to get in on that kind of a run at $6.5-7 million dollars per year.”
To hear Dreger say that is somewhat surprising given the history of spending within the organization, but might just signal that things really have changed in terms of giving out the long-term deals to aging players.  I am on record as saying that signing Richards for anything more than four years will likely end up a mistake as the deal goes on and with Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported yesterday that Richards is looking to sign the final deal of his career this time, four years is not what Richards is looking for now.