RAWR! Okay fine, I’ll admit it. Brad Richards was a good signing for the New York Rangers. Feel free to poke fun of me. But you can’t blame me for flashing back to every failure the New York Rangers have had signing free agents. Dumping boatloads of money into guys who can’t hack it in New York is no longer an option with the salary cap.
I know I know, older Rangers fans will tell me its their right to enjoy the Rangers signing washed up super stars but times have changed: goalies wear masks,
the NHL has left the Winnipeg, two line pass isn’t a thing, etc. The Rangers can’t use that old form and I was convinced signing Richards was going to be the start of that.
One season down on a 9 year deal still leaves me holding my breath, but Richards made quite an impression on me and the rest of New York Rangers fans. Adding Rick Nash to the mix can only elevate the play. With Marian Gaborik out (yeah I know I’m mentioning this again) it’s now, more than ever, important that Richards clicks with his line mates. He and Gaborik struggled at the beginning of the season and that can’t happen again if Richards end up on the line with Nash and it really can’t happen when Gaborik comes off his surgery and rehab. Richards is more than capable of finishing a season with better numbers than 25 goals, 41 assist for the regular season. Now that he’s found his groove with the New York Rangers, by putting in a season plus 20 games in the playoffs, logic would dictate that Richards will only get better with the New York Ranger, right?
I’m supportive of him, I don’t think his production warrants the kind of money Richards is making. I would have liked to see Richards hit higher numbers in his stats, HOWEVER, I am very happy with his playoff performance. I can’t ask for anything more in that respect. But seeing as how I am never satisfied, I’m demanding a better regular season from Richards. Deal with it!
Lets Go Rangers!