Jun 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) battles for the puck with Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) during the third period in game four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Brad Richards doesn't think he'll get bought out

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The New York Rangers are looking at an offseason where they need to make some changes to ensure that they are back to where they need to be to make another run at the Stanley Cup. They were bounced early this year, just five games into the Finals and three wins away from a victory and now the game counter has reset back to zero.

As it stands now, the most likely player to see his status change on the Rangers roster is veteran Brad Richards, who was a buyout candidate last summer and is again a candidate to get bought out this summer as well.

According to Richards’ agent, the Rangers buying out the veteran skater would be a surprise if it happened.

“Gut feeling, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s kept,” Morris told Sportsnet’s Fan 590 on Tuesday. “Glen was pretty positive about Brad’s role this season, especially after [former Rangers captain Ryan] Callahan left.”

So far Richards looks to be on the fence as his future is up in the air. It’s generally known that the Rangers will not be seeing Richards’ contract through to its final season but this offseason may not be the right time as Richards could have one more good season in him before the Rangers dump his bad salary.

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  • Rut Enheim

    Clearly do not understand the CBA. Last off-season and this off-season are the only times the Amnesty Buy-Outs are in affect. If the Rangers do not buy-out Richards now, they will not be able to in the future without massive penalties against their cap. There is no way that he isn’t bought out, as it becomes a game of chicken either dealing with a 38, 39, 40 year old Richards making $6.66 in cap space, or Richards retiring and costing the Rangers at least $5.7 million in vacant cap space for years.