NHL Rumors III: Richards, Leino, Green and the Capitals

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Brad Richards I do believe will be bought out by the New York Rangers”
  • Stephen Whyno in the Winnipeg Free Press: Brad Richards is a strong candidate to be bought out from his remaining six years and $27 million. He has no points in the Final, with four goals and four assists in 23 playoff games, and is seeing fourth line duty. The Rangers have one compliance buyout left.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Though likely to be on the receiving end of a compliance buyout by the Sabres, Ville Leino’s agent hasn’t had a lot of discussion with the team.

    “I have had few very short discussions about Leino with Tim Murray,” Leino’s agent, Markus Lehto, told The News by email.

    The Sabres have two compliance buyouts left. Leino’s buyout would cost them $7.333 million. He’s already received $16 million from the six-year, $27 million contract he signed in 2011. The Sabres current salary cap number is at $39 million, with the expected floor to be around $52 million. They could use a regular buyout on him so that his cap number stays.

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Mike Green’s agent said in a text that he hasn’t had any communication with the Capitals regarding a buyout. The Capitals are unlikely to use their compliance buyout. Gormley wonders if the Capitals should re-sign Mikhail Grabovski or try to sign one of Mike Richards (if bought out), Paul Stastny, David Legwand, Dave Bolland, Brian Boyle and Steve Ott?


  1. hankbemis

    June 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    what’s the worst contract in the NHL? I’m sure I’m missing some big ones but the four that come to mind immediately:

    Ville Leino – 3 years left @ 4.5 million – 15 points
    David Clarkson – 6 years @ 5.25 million – 11 points
    Vinny Lecavalier – 6 years @ 7.73 million – 37 points

    I don’t really consider Brad Richards – 6 years @ 6.66 million – 51 points – among the worst. Any I’m missing?

  2. Alex

    June 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Thats lecavalier’s old contract his current is 5yr at 4.5 mil a year. Andrew MacDonald’s new contract 6yr @ 5mil is another bad one. Brooks Laich @ 4.5mil 3 yrs left but was more so because of injuries derailing his career.

  3. Colin N.

    June 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I’d love to see the Isles pick up Richards if he’s bought out

  4. Galactus

    June 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Clarkson did miss 22 games but it is still a pretty bad money to points ratio.

  5. Alex

    June 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    ^ Paying like 475k per point he scored LOL

  6. Hankbemis

    June 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I disagree abt the McDonald contract. He’s young and has 6 years, it’s a little early to decide it’s a bad contract, no? According to capgeek lecavaliers contract has a cap hit of over $7m. Isn’t that the number that’s really important?

  7. Anonymous

    June 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Clarkson missed ten games that he didn’t need to… That alone tells me it’s the worst.

  8. ChrisB

    June 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Again, that was Lecavalier’s old contract, which was CBO’d by Tampa. His current contract is 5 years at a $4.5m cap hit. he has 4 years left on it.

    He played his best hockey while on the 4th line, Philly pretty much tried him everywhere else, he just never clicked. Having a 4th liner with a $4.5m cap hit is bad, but what makes it worse is the salary structure, right now. His salary was $6m last year, its the same this upcoming year, then dropping to $4.5m, $3m,$3m

  9. hankbemis

    June 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I see now.

    Oh! I forgot about Stephen Weiss’ 4 years at 4.9million (4 points)