By Tom Dougherty (@todougherty)
In the most important game of their season, the New York Rangers scratched 33-year-old Brad Richards, who has $36 million due to him through 2020, for Game 4 against the Boston Bruins, which the Rangers won 4-3 in overtime and lived to see another day.
Richards had previously been relegated to fourth-line duties in the playoffs, and skated only 8:10 in Game 3 for the Rangers while being benched for the entire third period. The former Conn Smythe winner has just one goal in 10 games.
While New York continues to fight to stay alive in the postseason, Richards’ days in the Big Apple appear to be numbered. Chatter circulated that the Rangers could use their final amnesty clause on Richards — New York bought out Wade Redden prior to the season.
In February, the New York Post had a story indicating that Richards could be the victim of the compliance buyout. The Post has since deleted the article, but it can be found in cached. Now, the speculation appears to be on the horizon.
But should the Rangers cut Richards loose, could he help the Philadelphia Flyers? When Richards was a free agent two summers ago, the Flyers were courting the highly targeted free agent.