Yesterday the New York Rangers bought out Brad Richards, but his journey to the unemployment line could be short-lived. There is a chance that the Tampa Bay Lightning attempt to sign Richards. If lightning strikes twice, Tampa Bay may just make a run at the Stanley Cup.
It’s completely too early to guess if the Lightning and Richards could reunite, and as reported by Pro Hockey Talk at least Richards camp is open to the possibility. Richard has a lot to prove to himself as well as any team that take a chance on him. Coming off a huge let down with the Rangers Brad Richards may be forced to think about signing a bridge deal. I’d guess a three-year contract would be fair, with a cap number somewhere around $6.25 million.
The Lightning are a young up and coming teams, with very high hopes adding experience to their roster could prove to be a great move; however going back to the same well twice doesn’t pay off often. Adding to the mystery is the number of top players hitting the free agency and trade market, Richards is just another name in the handful of players looking for a new home.
There is little question that Richards will have a job come the 2014-2015 NHL season, but until his name is on the dotted line any guess as to what team he plays with is purely speculation.