The contract, according to Gord Miller of TSN:
Richards year by year: $12m, $12m, $9m, $8.5m, $8.5m, $7m, $1m, $1m, $1m.
$10m SB+$2m the salary first year, $8m SB + $4m salary the second.
Holy crap. Takes me 12 years to make that much money.
Will update this as we go … please excuse typos. Also will paraphrase at times. Youse know the drill.
“The hardest part, you know going in there’s only going to be one place you’re going. Part of the job. Not easy to say no to people. Offers were flattering. It was an experience I’ll never forget. At the same time, it was a long day that took longer than it should have because I wanted to give respect to the people to took the time to meet face to face.
“There’s lots of factors. All of the options were good. Original Six team, Something I haven’t had chance to do in my career. Stable ownership … been bitten by that a few times in my career.
“I’ve seen how Torts operates and it’s worked. I can see way he’s bringing along that young team together, reminds me of what we did in Tampa. It was the right fit for me.”
“It’s going to be a challenge for sure. Something different. If you want to be a great player, that’s something you should relish. What better place to perform than MSG every night?”
“Want chance to win again. Been too long. This will motivate me more.”
“This is my first day of getting involved here, so when I say I looked at the team, I don’t know the insides and outs of the team yet. I’ll get a better idea as summer goes along. I’m excited to meet some of the players I;ve watched and admired, the Callahans and Dubinsky. … when we playd them in January they were a really hard team to play against … they play the game the right way.”
“I finished the season feeling great. Been training now for six weeks, way ahead of any training schedule I’ve been on because my body felt great. … I feel great (concussion) is in the past. I’ll be 100 percent for sure.”
He’s now answering questions in French. Can’t help you there.
“It’ll be the first time (I take a deep breath). The phone will probably get thrown in the lake. …”
“(East Coast) … The huge thing I’ve said all alone was the hockey market, stable ownership. I big thing that was in my mind was getting back to the East. My family likes toi watch me play. I’ve got a grandfather who’s 93 and likes to watch all the games, and the West coast games weren’t great for him.”
“All those things (including Tortorella and Fedotenko) factor in, for sure.”
“I guess when the reality of Dallas Stars and I parting ways in May, you start looking over rosters and different organizations and figure where you’re going to fit. You take Pittsburgh for example and you know they don’t need centermen. … it became evident Rangers would be looking for a centerman … other teams too … Figured if Torts got in touch, it would be a team I would listen to.”
“We talked yesterday evening a little bit, later in teh night. He’s the type of guy who’s, ‘If you want to come play with me, great, If you don’t, don’t bother talking to me.’ I know what he expects. … it’s a bonus that he’s the coach behind the bench, makes it easier for me knowing what he does and his training camps.”
“I know when it came up yesterday, he just fits. There are some things that we need on our club and he brings quite a few of those things. I know him, he knows me. It was pretty much straight forward. I did outline a few things as far as what his role would be. Glen also did. I coached Richie his first seven years. he knows me, I know him.”
“When I came here, I don’t think it was a fixer upper. I thought Tom Renney and the staff had done a good job … we as an organization have grown enough as far as keeping our assets … We feel that the process now, the last two or three years, ou8r assets have grown, they’ve developed and now when that piece comes along, you take a run at it. This is where as a coach I’m fortunate to have a GM and an owner that are willing to step up.”
“At the end of the day, we;re a better hockey club than where we started the day. We filled some needs.”
“We outlined some of our needs after we were knocked out in the first round. There were four or five main points. We talked about an elite center, we got that with Richie. We talked about someone who runs the PP, we got that with Richie. But one thing we got is someone who can mentor some of our players … forget about what the stats are, … it’s some of the mentoring and teaching … he certainly fits the bill there.”
“I have no idea (if he’s different). I hadn’t seen Richie, since we made an awful move in Tampa trading him to Dallas, I haven’t had a chance to talk to him. When we went to Dallas this year, it was weird for me to see him with No. 91 on his back. … In talking to him last night, you can see where he’s matured. He’s done some great things in this game. I’m looking forward to seeing him every day now.”
“We haven’t gotten that far (as him wearing a C) … it was a long day last night … I haven’t even given that any thought. All that stuff will come along once we join in September and start our camp.”
“I think, Richie and I had some ups and downs in Tampa when he was a young guy and we were both learning…. both starting our careers. Hopefully we’re still both learning.
“Coaching and watching him in Dallas, you know what situations you can put him in where he succeeds. He has a tremendous amount of responsibility. … mentoring our players, but also on the ice. Because I know he an handle those situations now.”
“If you’ve been following what’s been happening last cuple of days, the NHL cap situation has changed, the floor has changed. … if you look at analysis of teams like ours, there’s only two ways you can go. You can go free agency, or you can draft someone in the first round and it takes a while to develop.
“I know he’s left a lot of money on the table to come to New York, There were people offering more than we were. I’m happy he decided to come here and happy he agreed to a lower rate than he would have gotten somewhere else.”
wouldn’t say if there’s a NMC or NTC.
“His agent Pat Morris knew we were serious about it. There’s always a tweaking of every offer and every demand. It’s not unusual it can take a long time to do a deal of this magnitude.”
“We’re still looking a little bit. There are some thngs we are still contemplating. The plan is to get the rest of our players signed. That’s going to be taken care of, I think, the next couple of weeks. … It’s a matter of negotiating and getting these things done.”
“It started. I think we were the first ones to get on the telephone at 12:01 or 12:02. We made our presentation of the offer at that time. We were also watching TSN at the time, with ownership and management trying to get into the building. I didn’t want it to turn into some kind of scene and that’s why we didn’t go.
“I knew John knew Brad, so I felt I knew him as well as John did. I didn’t want to get involved in a circus thing. We made our presentation straight-up and they probably enjoyed the way we did it. I think it worked out for us.”
“I think the competitive growth this team has gone through … it’s the comepetiveness of John Tortorella to push this team to be as good as it can be. I think we need a little bit more of a push now. You have to be ready to play. … You have to play through things and a great player like Brad is going to show people how you play through things. This is just going to help everyone move forward and it’s going to bring a lot of confidence to our room. This helps in a lot of places where we need help.”
“I do have a little bit of experience in this business … there is a relationship you develop with agents, with GMs, our scouts. I had Mark Messier in Dallas watching Brad in October … it’s an accumulation of a lot of experience over a lot of time with a lot of people.
“I think we’ve brought a player who gives us a lot of what we need and at the same time leaves us enough cap room to continue to build this team.”
On Rupp and Fedotenko:
“These were people we had targeted in our spring meetings. Fedotenko is a great pro, works hard, brings leadership and comes to play … Mike Rupp was somebody we decided we were going to go after immediately … as soon as we made our presentation to Brad, we made our presentation to Mike. We’re very happy he decided to come here.
“(Both) had offers from other teams. They know our team, and they’re well-suited to play in this market.”
On LW for No. 1 line:
“You can always fabricate a lineup and I’m not in the coaching businss any longer. John thinks we have people who can play there. We’re not going to pursue another (expensive) player.”
“We feel we have a lot of kids on the cusp of making the hockey team and we don’t want to eliminate those opportunities.”
“I think (Brad) is a tremendous athlete and he’sin great shape. Players today are in tremendous shape. Longevity seems to go on and on. If a player is dedicated to his sport like I know Brad is, he’s going to be abel to continue to play as long as he wants.”
“I know Gabbyt is very excited that Brad is here. He’s the kind of player that shouldn’t be handling the puck a lot. He’s the kind that should be going to spots and getting the puck at the right times. I was fortunate to have a couple of guys I’ve coached in my career, and Brad seems to have the same sight lines as some of those players. Marian’s a guy that needs the puck at the right times. … I just think this is going to make him a much better player.”
And now I am getting my sore fingers away from the keyboard for a while. See youse later.