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The Rangers have heard through the grapevine that Brad Richards will be seeking a long-term contract worth a minimum of $7 million per when the free-agent market opens on July 1, and they’ve heard it more than once and they’ve heard it from more than one source. This means that, a) general manager Glen Sather will not be sending an asset to Dallas for the right to try and convince the 31-year-old center to sign before he hits the market; and, b) the Blueshirts already are pondering a Plan B to bring a first-line pivot to Broadway. We’re told by well-placed sources Richards has no intention of signing for a discount in order to reunite with coach John Tortorella, with whom he won the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. That’s fine. If five years at $6.5 million per — that’s the number — doesn’t represent enough green to get Richards into a Blueshirt, then that’s that.
There was a sense of euphoria in Winnipeg on Tuesday as the city welcomed the return of the National Hockey League after a 15-year absence, but the new owners didn’t waste any time outlining the economic reality facing the team with no name. A good part of the press conference to announce the purchase and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers was given over to a sales pitch to prospective seasonticket holders. The team announced it will start selling tickets Wednesday with a goal of 13,000 in the MTS Centre, which has a capacity of 15,015
Like any other job-seeker, Ken Hitch***** says he’s just waiting to hear back. Hitch*****, who last month expressed interest in coaching the Devils, on Tuesday told Northjersey.com he hasn’t been contacted by the team.
With the Dallas Stars’ ownership situation not likely to be settled until later this summer, the team will not be making a contract offer to Brad Richards. Richards, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will be playing elsewhere next season. The Stars would be interested in trading exclusive negotiating rights with Richards before July 1, but such a move would require Richards to waive his no movement clause and there are no guarantees of that happening.
“I’m not sure what Mike’s going to do,” Shero said. “He might be leaning toward retirement.” Comrie, 30, was signed as a free agent last summer. He had a strong preseason but sustained a right hip injury in the second game of the season that eventually required surgery in December. He returned to play sparingly late in the season, finishing with one goal, six points in 21 games. He did not crack the lineup in the playoffs.