So the news is starting to get out and Stars fans are having to deal with the reality of the situation. The Dallas Stars will not have Brad Richards next season and of course that has brought out a lot of emotions amongst the fans and followers. While the first reaction from many is to be pissed and upset with the Stars, who should really be to blame?
I’ve seen many fans upset with GM Joe Nieuwendyk and questioning his actions. But what should he have done? Traded Brad at the deadline? At the trade deadline the team was still in the playoff race (albeit sinking at the time) and Richards was injured. Joe has made it known that because of the uncertainty with Brad’s “concussion like symptoms” that the offers he got were not great. He still had no answers with when new ownership and money would come in. For all he knew he would have a chance to try and resign Richards. But at that moment he made the right decision. I would not have wanted him to kill the season and get rid of Richards for a weak deal and give up any chance at getting to keep him long-term. Now the situations is what it is. Richards has said he would like to talk about a deal here and that Dallas is on his list places. But he has said a few times that he can’t sign a deal without knowing what will happen. For all we know this ownership bid by Tom Gaglardi might not be the winning bid. We would all love to think that new ownership comes in and wants to spend all the way to the cap and try to win right away. But that might not happen. Richards is not turning his back on the Stars, he is just being smart and avoiding what could be a stupid move on his part. He can’t sign not knowing what the long-term plan and system will be around here.
So now we have come to this point. Nieuwendyk is not able to make a serious offer, and Richards at this point is just sitting and waiting for July. If you are looking to blame someone or point the finger, Stars fans can’t go after either of these guys. Both are just passengers along for the ride. Really the blame comes down to Tom Hicks and the lenders. Dallas-Ft. Worth sports fans will never forget or forgive Hicks after all of the things that have happened with the Stars and Rangers over the last couple of years. In the end the blame falls on them. Right now the superstar and the GM are just being dragged along and neither can do anything to change it.