Brad Richards open to signing with any NHL team?

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By: Todd Cordell

Before I start my first article here at TheHockeyGuys, I would like to thank Dustin Leed for giving me this great opportunity.

Brad Richards open to any team?

There are rumors out there suggesting Brad Richards has his heart set on signing with the Rangers on July 1st. According to his agent Pat Morris, that isn’t the case.

When I asked Pat about this, he told me that “Brad Richards has an open mind to any organization that has an interest in him on July 1st” and that “Any notion of bias to one team or another is purely speculative.” Lastly, Pat noted that “Brad’s refusal to waive his “no trade” is clear evidence of his thoughts.”

Rangers to buy Drury out?

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the New York Rangers will officially buy out captain Chris Drury today. Larry noted that while Chris’ career as a Ranger is obviously over, he will continue to pursue work elsewhere hoping his NHL career can continue.

In my opinion Drury would be a very good signing for many teams if he is willing to accept a short-term contract worth about 1 million dollars per season.

Bergenheim expected to test the open market

Contract talks between Sean Bergenheim and the Tampa Bay Lightning are not going too well, and if that doesn’t change in the next couple days, Bergenheim will become an unrestricted free-agent.

I emailed Sean’s agent Todd Diamond about this, and he told me that while he would like to re-sign in Tampa, he noted that it is not very likely; especially before July 1st. With that said, Todd didn’t rule out Bergenheim signing an extension with the Lightning after testing the free-agent market. Todd told me “it is still possible to sign with Tampa if we don’t find any attractive offers the week of July 1st.”

Whether Bergenheim is a member of the Lightning next season remains to be seen; however, at this point it appears unlikely.

Multiple teams after Talbot

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks are all interested in Penguins forward Max Talbot. Talbot, who becomes an unrestricted free-agent on July 1st, is believed to be looking two-year year deal worth about 2 million dollars per season.

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