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The rich got Richards, while the rest of the National Hockey League teams will soon begin closing their wallets now that two days of free agent shopping have concluded.
Once the New York Rangers won the Brad Richards’ bidding at $60 million US for nine years, runners-up such as Toronto and Los Angeles made their Plan B moves and 30 general managers paused to catch their breath and double-check their salary cap computations.
For Tim Connolly to find success and happiness with the Maple Leafs, and for Leaf fans to find some level of satisfaction with Connolly they’ve been unable to find with other recent free agents, everyone is going to have to go into this new partnership with reasonable expectations.
Start with the fact that Connolly isn’t Brad Richards, and the Leafs, to their credit, aren’t pretending that the 30-year-old pivot was anything but Plan B.
Arguably the biggest prize in free agency is off the market.
Brad Richards has chosen to play with the New York Rangers and will agree to a nine-year deal for $60 million.
Brad Richards has a connection with the New York Rangers because of his association with head coach John Tortorella from 2004 when they won the Stanley Cup together in Tampa Bay.
Well, the Calgary Flames have a connection to Richards of their own.
The Rangers do not have pressing cap issues for either the summer or the season. Sather therefore has room to maneuver. That doesn’t mean that it’s wise to surrender that maneuverability today, this weekend, or even this summer, for cap space during the season is a significant asset, too.