(NEW YORK) — Brad Richards isn’t going anywhere. According to the New York Rangers, the team will not use their one remaining compliance buyout this summer.
This ensures that Richards will stay with the club despite coming off a sub par campaign in the lockout-shortened season.
In July 2011, Richards signed a nine-year deal with the Ranges for $60 million. He had spent ther previous three-and-a-half seasons with the Dallas Stars prior to signing with New York.
In his first season with the Rangers, Richards’ numbers took a slight dip. He registered 66 points compared to 77 his previous season.
But last season, Richards came under fire after he produced just 34 points, the lowest mark of his career.
The team is hoping that new head coach Alain Vigneault will rejuvenate the 33-year-old Richards. Vigneault will replace the recently fired John Tortorella.
New York can always use the buyout cluase next season in Richards has another disappointing season.
The Rangers use one of their accelerated compliance buyout on defenseman Wade Redden.
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Jill Martin, CNN