NHL Free Agency: My Open Letter to Brad Richards After Signing with the Rangers

July 2nd, 2011 by Robert Demmett Leave a reply »
Dear Mr. Richards,

I hope this finds you well.

First of all, I want to congratulate you on your new contract for nine years and $60 million that you signed today with the Rangers. You seem like a classy guy with a family and you're a hell of a hockey player so I'm happy for you and your family.

So now let's get down to business. I am going to be honest with you Brad, because you are a man and I don't lie to men, I only lie to women and children (New Yorkers who listen to WFAN know that's Craig Carton's line but I like it so deal with it).

I didn't want you to play for the Rangers.

I have sat down and watched the Rangers for my whole life and for the first time since I can remember the Rangers were doing it right. They were building from within, drafting well and letting their players develop. They were being smart with their money (for the most part), making good trades and playing a brand of hockey that will keep a team in close games.

I was really happy with the development of this team and in a year or two they could really make a free agent splash and be ready to be a true contender. And then the rumors ...

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