The "Oh No" Moment - Brad Richards Will Not Return

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Somehow, we just knew this day was coming.

Quite simply, the Dallas Stars' ownership situation is in such a mess that they will be unable to tender an contract offer to pending unrestricted free agent forward Brad Richards. With this news, we can say that in hindsight, the Richards trade did just about nothing for the Stars. The only thing that Stars' General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk can hope for now is a draft-day deal that could give a team the rights to speak to Richards right away. They might need it.

In a report by Mitch Gallo of the TEAM 990 in Montreal, analyst Pierre McGuire would be "shocked" if Brad Richards does not sign with the New York Rangers. Knowing Rangers GM Glen Sather's aptitude to overpaying for big free agent names, this may turn out to be a very viable option for Nieuwendyk and the Stars to exploit. If the Stars were to deal Richards' rights away, I have a feeling that the Stars should look for a valuable player who is ready to play now.

The Texas Stars have quite a few prospect players that can carry the torch at forward for the parent club. Look no further than two-way forward Tomas Vincour, or a developing scorer in Aaron Gagnon.

The issue now is that the Stars are going to be without a gigantic source of offense. In his three and some change seasons with the Stars, Richards posted 70 goals and 157 assists for 227 points. In essence, 1.03 points per game. That's a fairly significant source of offense going right out the door and not being replaced. The Stars need an asset that can play now, or their upcoming season will be an extremely painful one for Stars faithful.

With Richards gone, the Stars' powerplay also loses 29 powerplay points (7 goals, 22 assists). That's right, 37.7% of Richards' point production last season came straight from the man advantage.

This loss is monumental. The "Oh No" moment might not describe it enough.

The coaching search is on in Big D. Kirk Muller seems to be the prime candidate. Whoever comes in to coach this squad may have to work a much more defensive game without Richards in the fold and James Neal out in Pittsburgh. All eyes now shift to Jamie Benn to see just how much of the offensive load he can shoulder.

I think all of us just don't want another Ilya Kovalchuk situation. Can we at least hope he signs somewhere fast?

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16 Comments

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Not looking good in Dallas right now, that's for sure. They used to be a powerhouse every year and know this. Looks like the no playoffs streak will continue this year.

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

Well I have a feeling the Atlantic just got even better and it was already one of the toughest divisions in the NHL. Think about it if NYR actually land Richards! Pittsburgh and Philly are always contenders, Rangers instantly get a pp point man and amazing offensive player, Devils are one decent coach from playoffs again, and the freakin Islanders look to be just one or two years away from the playoffs. Damn.

This is going to be tough for Dallas now. They have some power with Benn, and they made a nice move to get goligoski, but this team is out its star player and coach. Good luck and it will be interesting to see what happens.

George Prax's picture

Gotta trade those rights. I'm sure teams like the Kings and the Rangers would jump at the chance to get negotiation rights before one another and both have a lot of prospects. Wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of dark horses jump in too. Dallas can still come away somewhat of a winner here.

pcard29's picture

Looks like Richards has made it public that he won't waive his no trade clause before the July 1st deadline. That's going to be a tough loss for Dallas to walk away with nothing.

George Prax's picture

lol really? What a douchebag.

pcard29's picture

There has to be more going on behind the scenes then just Richards being upset with the ownership situation in Dallas because it seems senseless for him to not waive his no trade clause and essentially leave an organization that has been very good to him high and dry for no reason. In any case I hope to see Burke front and centre on July 1st in the Richards sweepstakes to fill that gaping hole beside Phil Kessel.

Jordan Kuhns's picture

Funny, Prax, I tweeted the same thing, essentially. I just called him a "doucheface"! Paul has a good point though, there has to be more going on behind the scenes with the ownership situation. Something must not have gone right with the two sides for him NOT to waive his NTC and leave the Stars high and dry. I said it last night via Twitter...this team is in trouble next year.

George Prax's picture

Whatever's going on behind the scenes you don't purposely cripple an organization by not allowing them to trade your rights. What does Richards lose by that? I hate NTCs...

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

Well this situation is going to explode soon with the NTC news. Something is going on and who knows, they might beat phoenix to Quebec City or SW Ontario!

Patrick Storto's picture

Sundin did that. Refused to waive his NMC after the season ended.

George Prax's picture
Patrick Storto wrote:

Sundin did that. Refused to waive his NMC after the season ended.

But didn't they work out a deal with the Habs? I seem to remember the Canadiens negotiating or "courting" him before he hit free agency.

Edit: Not everything's about the leafs asshole.

Patrick Storto's picture

What do you mean? It's Brad Richards, this is a Leafs blog.

And yes the Leafs and Habs were working on a deal to trade Sundin's rights. He refused to waive his NMC and then the Leafs just have the Habs permission to talk to him anyways.

George Prax's picture
Patrick Storto wrote:

What do you mean? It's Brad Richards, this is a Leafs blog.

And yes the Leafs and Habs were working on a deal to trade Sundin's rights. He refused to waive his NMC and then the Leafs just have the Habs permission to talk to him anyways.

This is a Rangers blog, not a Leafs blog. Get your facts straight.

Patrick Storto's picture

joke

your head

George Prax's picture
Patrick Storto wrote:

joke

your head

How embarrassing for you. I was playing along. This is a Star blog, in case you hadn't noticed.

Patrick Storto's picture

epic