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The star center is going to be a free agent next year, and as of now, there have been no talks between the Dallas Stars and Richards concerning a contract extension yet. Richards has done pretty well with the Stars ever since being traded to Dallas by Tampa Bay a few years ago.
The holdup between both parties most likely has to do with the murky ownership situation in Dallas. Richards will most probably be re-signed (or maybe even traded?) once the club is sold.
The Colorado Avalanche made a splash yesterday re-signing promising forward Peter Mueller to a two-year contract. However, the Avalanche are still under the cap by less than a million dollars.
Avalanche management has a few options here. They could sign a veteran to reach the cap floor (Guerin maybe?). They could trade away a low draft pick for a bottom-six forward or a low-pairing defenseman (Meech from Detroit?). However, management will most likely sign a rookie out of training camp. Most probably a defenseman.
The veteran defenseman has been invited to the Phoenix Coyotes' training camp. However, a roster spot is unlikely as their is a backlog of defenseman in the desert.
With the recent signing of Nigel Dawes, Dustin Byfuglien might actually play as a defenseman for a bit. Although he is better as a forward than a defenseman, Byfuglien is familiar with the position as he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as a defenseman.
Signings Around the League:
- Andrew Cogliano (EDM)- $1 million (1 Year)
- Nigel Dawes (ATL)- $600,000 (1 Year; 2-way contract)
- Ryan Johansen (CLB)- ELC
- Martin Hanzal (PHX)- $3.6 million (2 Years)
- Peter Mueller (COL)- $4 million (2 Years)
- Ryan Potulny (CHI)- $500,000 (1 Year; 2-way contract)
Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
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