Before you scroll to the bottom and leave hate comments finish the article. I fully believe that Brad Richards will be beneficial to the New York Rangers organization, but let’s play a little devil’s advocate and look at why he could fail on Broadway.
First, general manager Glen Sather is known for acquiring big names that never pan out. Starting the list of bad moves in no order is ex-New Jersey Devil, Bobby Holik. Holik only managed 91 points in his two years in New York after signing for $45 million over five-years, he was bought out after two years.
Mr. Sather brought in Darius Kasparaitis, who at the time just finished playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was given a six-year, $25 million dollar contract, he played so well the Rangers waived him and twice and no one claimed him. He finished up playing in the AHL for the Hartford Wolfpack. Kasparaitis did start a new tradition that still occurs after every Rangers home victory, the whole team salutes the fans by raising their sticks in the air before leaving the ice.
We all know how Chris Drury played out the last couple of seasons after accepting a five-year, $35.25 million contract. Drury played for four of those years but they were not productive and his final year was bought out to make cap room for Brad Richards.
Finally, we will talk about who might be the biggest bust of the Sather Era, Wade Redden. Known for his offensive prowess, the Rangers inked him for six-years and $39 million. Redden played two years on Broadway and managed only 40 points, he is currently playing in the AHL for Hartford as the highest paid AHL player in history.
This offseason Richards was signed into the fold, expected to produce and help a mediocre offense. Richards is a Stanley Cup Champion, but so was Holik, Drury, and Scott Gomez, who was another bust. Well Brad Richards is only 31 so he will have some productive years ahead him, Redden, Kasparaitis, and Drury were all 31 when they started their career with the Rangers. Richards, just came off of two of the most productive years of his career, I have an answer to that too so did Drury and Gomez. Brad Richards should be successful for the Rangers but there are signs that point to the fact this could be another Glen Sather bust.