The rumor that seems to be picking up a little is that the Stars have put an offer on the table for Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards, he of the $7.8 million contract for three more seasons.
“We’ve talked, for sure,” Jackson said. “We like the player, but we haven’t done anything.”
Tracy points out that Richards has not really matched the greatness he displayed during the Lighting’s Cup year (although that’s just an interpretation on my part).
Richards, who has 18 goals and 39 assists this season, will earn $7.8 million in each of the next three seasons. Other teams expressing interest in Richards, according to TSN, are Vancouver and Columbus.
I used to really like Brad Richards, and he might just be having a bad year on a bad team, but that is a huge honkin’ contract. For three more years. I’d say we’d have to have proof that he’s going to get his game back, and not choke the team’s salary cap based on an admittedly awesome playoff run that was four years ago.
Maybe the Lightning won’t require our whole farm team plus Smitty, since they really need to get out from under that contract, but that doesn’t really help us if we’re stuck with that deal and he doesn’t pan out. Even if we don’t have to give up much for it, it’s still a HUGE salary for a LONG time.
This article was from earlier this morning and since then, some names have been taken off the market, such as Tanguay in Calgary. Maybe that will send more teams over to Brad’s booth and offer more than the Stars are willing to part with.
Les Jackson is saying the right things, though, so I should probably keep that in mind. I hope he is sincere.
Jackson said the Stars might consider other deals.
“If the right thing comes up, we’ll see,” he said. “Our team is doing good, and I think we have to respect what we have.”
That’s what I think.