According to TSN.ca, the Dallas Stars, amid ownership concerns, are opting to not re-indicator Brad Richards to a new contract. With ownership very likely not to be settled till later this summertime Stan Mikita 2015 Winter Classic Jersey, the Stars are not in a great position to supply a huge bag of money to Richards.
Although ownership does have its concerns appropriate now, the Stars are nonetheless a staff in flux, still searching for a substitute for fired head coach Marc Crawford. Between the candidates include Kirk Muller, and Texas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan.
Richards, who has lengthy been tied to the Toronto Maple Leafs all the way to before the trade deadline last year, will probably see the rumors of his arrival in Toronto escalate now in the up coming month.
Final season Richards scored 28 instances and got 77 factors in 71 games. Quite excellent numbers for the 31-12 months-outdated in a season exactly where he lost linemate James Neal to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Other than the Leafs, assume the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings to be hot on his trail Brandon Saad 2015 Winter Classic Jersey. The Montreal Canadiens could also be in the mix, as nicely as perhaps the Winnipeg franchise searching to make a large splash for this coming season. Other teams that could offer him massive cash could contain Nashville, Carolina and St. Louis.
Richards, who will flip 32 up coming yr, has probably hit his prime and could be heading for the downward descend of his occupation. He will very likely command at least $7 million on the open industry and personally, I believe it is not really worth it for the long-phrase well being of the organization.
Other than the reality he's a legit point per game player, Richards does come with some cons to his game. He is never ever been the ideal defensive center and has seldom completed with a plus or minus over 1. He is also pretty inconsistent when it comes to exhibiting up in the huge video games.
He would boost the teams power perform and will lastly give Phil Kessel a setup man to feed him juicy passes in the slot, but the fact remains: Is spending that a lot on a lengthy phrase deal really worth it for the Leafs?