According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the official announcement is coming. Deal still has to be signed/sealed.
Deal reportedly is nine years, annual average salary of $6.5 million.
(UPDATE: the deal is now being reported as nine years, $60 million, or an average of $6.67 per).
Reports are he left money on the table, with at least Calgary having an offer for more $$.
Got to believe that the tipping point in the decision was coach John Tortorella. You know the Cup-winning teammates creed to “walk together forever.”
More to come …
So now, if Richards lives up to what he’s supposed to be, or what he’s always been, the Rangers have two-thirds of a legit No. 1 line, a very legit second line, and more than six players who can make up legit third and fourth lines. Plus a world-class goalie and a very good young defense. In other words, if Richards produces and gets Gaborik and the PP going, they are maybe a No. 1 winger away from being a dangerous team in the Least. Right?
And, with Richards and all the youth on the team, and more assets coming, they might be able to make a trade at some point for that one more piece.
Tampa Bay signs Matt Gilroy to a one-year contract. Not an enormous loss, but a loss for the Rangers, nonetheless. I think he’s going to be a good player. Don’t know how good, though.
Rangers traded minor-leaguer Brodie Dupont to Predators for RFA RW Andreas Thuresson.
Carolina signed Rangers minor leaguer Justin Soryal to a one-year, two-way contract, worth $525,000 at the NHL level, or $80,000 at the minor-league level.