B. Rich is going to make his decision today. Or at least that’s what he told TSN as he emerged from his agent’s office last night.
And you’d have to imagine he had already made the decision last night but wanted to make sure and sleep on it … or maybe his agent has a little bit of LeBron in him and thinks this will help perpetuate the circus and the attention.
I’m willing to give B. Rich the benefit of the doubt, that it is a life-altering decision and he just wants to be sure.
As long as he’s not trying to extract more money out of those teams already offering insane dollars and years to a guy who is laps behind the best players in the game but will be paid like Numero Uno.
We’ll see. There are reports that the NYR’s offer is not the top-dollar offer on the table. So if he chooses New York, perhaps that makes it slightly more appealing, that he didn’t go for the final nickel.
I do know this. Those of youse who are full-steam-ahead on this, who are OK with the dollars and the years, you’d better not complain when Year 3 or 4 gets here and the Rangers are up against the cap and can’t make a bid for a better star player because of Richards’ contract. And you’d better not complain if he gets bumped and is out for a lengthy term with a concussion. And you’d better not complain if he doesn’t score 30 goals, because he won’t. Or if the power play stinks. Or if Marian Gaborik still struggles. Or if the Rangers remain a team that has to fight the final week of the season to get into the playoffs, and maybe doesn’t get past the first round anyway.
Because no guarantees come with this contract, other than the guarantee that Richards will be paid.