GM Joe Nieuwendyk recently addressed a TSN article saying that the Stars would offer Richards a deal by saying, “There’s really not any point because we know that he is not going to sign without an owner” .
While it could be a ploy to see who comes out looking to get Richards rights aside from the obvious candidates of New York and Toronto, it sounds like something legitimate coming out of GM Joe’s mouth. Which saddens me, considering everything that has been said in interviews and the true chemistry this team seems to have had. But, what can you do? The ownership issue is moving forward but, everyone thinks it is very unlikely that it gets resolved before July 1st when Free Agency starts.
The Stars are at the point where they know that they need to trade Richards if they want to gain anything from it. Odds are they have offered him something and he either said no, or that he just simply wasn’t going to sign without an owner in place. The question is going to end up being now, who is willing to commit to a deal for his rights alone, will Richards give up his no-trade clause willingly and how will the Stars supplement the offense even more? I say this because, it is unlikely that whatever we do get for Richards’ rights will make up for the hole left in the offense. Considering what the Rangers and Maple Leafs have to offer, you have to wonder what those two teams could possibly offer. We could steal away some promising youth from Maple Leafs, but really on the Rangers team if we want an upgrade from them vs. the players we already have, then it would only really end up being the Staal brother. Otherwise their team is worse off than ours as far as depth goes.
So, I will leave you all to think on this news tidbit. Let us know what you think of the Richards situation.