Richards Update: Buffalo Talk Begins

It was inevitable.

With the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs often mentioned as the main suitors for Brad Richards in news reports, and failing to land his rights (so far), it was only a matter of time before a sports writer out there remembered that the Sabres are now owned by Terry Pegula.

Kevin Allen, of USA Today, just made the Pegula connection.

Richards, 31, could be the hottest free agent in the market, and there seems to be considerable interest in the Eastern Conference. The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs both need a center. Richards liked playing in Tampa before the Lightning dealt him to Dallas and he excelled under Rangers coach John Tortorella when both were on the Lightning. The Buffalo Sabres could try to make a signifcant offseason splash under new owner Terry Pegula, and they could use a top center if Tim Connolly is not going to be re-signed.

Meanwhile, the Richards-to-Tampa talk has picked up, after a quote from Richards himself.  From Joey Johnston’s story in the Tampa Tribune:

“I’ve got friends and people I play golf with who constantly hammer me about coming back to Tampa. Even if I tried, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. So yes, it’s there. I’d love to see it progress. But what’s going to happen? Who knows?”

“If you get the right owner, a general manager like Steve Yzerman, people who know how to do things, it’s great. I think we just needed the right kind of owner to come in here. Um, maybe I shouldn’t say ‘we,’ right?”

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Things may be looking up for a reunion in Tampa.

We’ll see.

Go Sabres.

See Also: “Target: Brad Richards

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