Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) warms up before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: New York Rangers buy out Brad Richards

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There has been talk for basically a year about the New York Rangers cutting ties with veteran Brad Richards and it appears that after a lot of barking and not bite, the Rangers have finally bought out the obscene contract of Richards on Friday afternoon.

New York flirted with buying Richards out last summer following a harsh exit from the postseason that ended up costing John Tortorella his job. Ricahrds survived the cut then but he didn’t manage the same fate a year later.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun first passed along word or Richards being bought out in New York.

Richards will now be one of the more talked about veteran names on the market, as there are a slew of veteran skaters looking to make the jump to contenders. Unlike Richards though, guys like Jason Spezza and Ryan Kessler are trying to escape bad teams and find contenders while Richards was just bought out by the Stanley Cup runners-up.

He’ll find word this offseason and will be back in the NHL fr the 2014-15 season, but Richards won’t be playing his hockey in New York and if he returns to the city then it won’t be with the Rangers.

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