The Rangers, Calgary Flames and all the other teams involved were told before 10:30 p.m. tonight that Brad Richards will not be making “The Decision” tonight.
You know what? If Richards really, really wanted to be a Ranger, he could have made that decision today, tonight. This tells me he isn’t sure, and if he’s not sure, then maybe the Rangers ought to just drop out of this thing. Because surely they offered him the moon, and that might not be enough. So, I’d think about saying, “Thanks, but no thanks, Brad. Good luck in Alberta.”
This has “Drury 2.0” written all over it.
So we will carry on tomorrow. I have Yankees-Mets, Saturday which could drastically complicate things. Bryzgalov.
This might have to suffice as your morning post, too.
Thanks to all you nuts for making all this noise today. You were, again, awesome.
Just a thought looking back at the day, though. Is this really what the NHL wanted when it locked its doors in 2004, canceled an entire season and didn’t award a Stanley Cup? It wanted to get a hard cap that included a cap floor that would require teams in financial trouble to go out and drastically over pay for mediocre players in order to reach the mandated minimum?
I mean, wasn’t it better with no cap, when the rich could spend what they made, and the poor weren’t forced to spend just as much?
Here’s the official announcement on Fedotenko re-signing, from the Rangers:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD RUSLAN FEDOTENKO
New York, July 1, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Ruslan Fedotenko on a new contract.
Fedotenko, 32, skated in 66 games with the Rangers last season, registering 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points, along with 25 penalty minutes. He ranked fourth on the team with a plus-nine rating and fifth with 150 hits. Fedotenko made his Rangers debut in the season opener on October 9 at Buffalo after signing with the team as a free agent on October 4. The Rangers posted a record of 9-0-1 when he tallied a goal, and were 17-2-3 when he registered at least one point. The 10-year NHL veteran skated in his 700th career NHL game on November 24 at Tampa Bay. In addition, Fedotenko tied for the team lead in assists (two), third in points (two) and ranked second in hits (23) while skating in five playoff contests.
Fedotenko is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, having helped Tampa Bay capture the title in 2003-04 and Pittsburgh in 2008-09. He established a post-season career-high with 12 goals during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and tied for second in the NHL in goals and game-winning goals (three), and ninth in the league with 14 points in 22 playoff contests. Fedotenko tallied both Lightning goals in the Cup-clinching 2-1 victory vs. Calgary in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7, 2004. During the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he established a career-high with seven playoff assists, and tied his career-high and ranked fourth on Pittsburgh with 14 points in 24 contests.
The 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 743 career games with the Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 160 goals and 173 assists for 333 points, along with 444 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating. Fedotenko enjoyed his most productive season in 2005-06, establishing career-highs with 26 goals, 41 points and 164 shots in 80 games with Tampa Bay. He tallied a career-high, 23 assists and plus-18 rating in 65 games with Pittsburgh in 2008-09. In addition, Fedotenko has recorded 20 goals and 13 assists for 33 points, along with 58 penalty minutes in 88 career post-season contests with New York, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.
The Kiev, Ukraine native originally signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers on August 3, 1999, and made his NHL debut on October 24, 2000 vs. the Rangers. Internationally, Fedotenko has also represented his native Ukraine at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, tallying one goal and four penalty minutes in one contest.