May 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) and New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) prepare to face off in the first period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Will the New York Rangers Keep Brad Richards After Hiring Alain Vingeault?

Recently we posted an article on why the St. Louis Blues may be interested in going after Brad Richards of the New York Rangers, but with Alain Vingeault as the new head coach of the Blue Shirts, that may no longer be an option.

After reaching terms of an agreement on Saturday with the official notice expected shortly, Alain Vingeault will look to turn around a team filled with superstars.

With no first line centers becoming available in free agency, the Rangers could now look to keep Richards around for at least one more season.

Brad Richards is not your average player and Vingeault is may look to return him to his successful ways.

While many reports indicated that the team was ready to buy out Richards’ contract this offseason (which is not an option until 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded through July 4), Vingeault may want to keep him around a bit longer.

Under the new NHL CBA, the Rangers had two compliance buyouts that they could use and currently have one remaining.  The catch is that they do not have to use the second buyout if they don’t want to and have until next summer to decide who their second buy out could be.

St. Louis Blues fans will remember their first buyout which was used on Wade Redden.  Redden then signed a one-year deal to the Blues but was traded to the Boston Bruins once Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester were acquired near the NHL trade deadline.

If the Rangers wanted to wait to see what impact Vingeault’s style could have on Richards, the team has the option to wait out one more year.

Currently Brad Richards has seven years left on his contract at an annual salary cap hit of $6.667 million, but is set to make $9 million in 2013-14.

Richards would see his salary drop $1 million per season in each of his final three years of the deal.

Blues fans, what do you think the Rangers will do with Richards?  Would you want to see him in the Blue Note?  Let us know in the comments below.


-Alex Hodschayan


Tags: Brad Richards Buyout Jay Bouwmeester Jordan Leopold New York Rangers St. Louis Blues Wade Redden

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