New York, the land of lavish signings. After playing for the Stars, Brad Richards came to New York to be a star. After netting 25 goals in 2011-2012 he tucked in another 11 during this years shortened season. Richards centered the first line well, but it seemed that he needed some more help for a Cup Run. And true to New York sports fashion, the Rangers made a splash. They quickly became early favorites by trading for Rick Nash during the offseason, and following a flurry of moves at the deadline, the Blue Shirts seemed primed to make a run towards the cup.

It’s okay Brad, it’ll get better. (via)

However, these playoffs have been anything but fun for Brad Richards. Through 1o games, the 33 year old center has 1 goal and is minus 3, he’s been playing so awful that he was even demoted to the 4th line for game 6 against the Capitals. And now, according to ESPN hockey analyst (a rare position to hold) Katie Strang, Richards will be a healthy scratch for tonights game…an elimination game mind you.

What now for Brad Richards? After buying out the albatross of a contract that was Wade Redden, the Rangers only have one more amnesty buyout. Will they use it on Richards? In my expert opinion (I play a lot of NHL 13) they will. They’ve got so much money tied up in players like Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist that a buyout will definitely help in resigning some of the upcoming free agents, such as Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan. There’s still going to be a market for him, at 33 he can still contribute, and will be a great veteran presence to a young team (Toronto?).

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-El Perro Grande

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