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It's over: Richards to Rangers

The Brad Richards Derby has reached the finish line. Several outlets are reporting that Richards has signed with the New York Rangers, and the New York Post is saying the deal is for nine years and $58.5 million. SportsNet in Canada said Richards is getting $50 million over the first five years in yet another heavily frontloaded deal.

Richards was the best player in a weak free agent class. The Sabres opted against it and you can't blame them. He's a 31-year-old coming off a concussion and a season with a non-playoff team. It was a risk. We'll see what the Rangers get out of it.

And now we see who pays Tim Connolly. The Stars? The Leafs? 

It's called stupid money, folks. 

Stupid money update at 12:15 p.m.: TSN is now saying the deal is nine years, $60 million.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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