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Brad Richards To Maple Leafs Rumors Overshadow Stars Visit To Toronto

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The odd visit to Toronto is probably a thrill for Stars Canadian-born players, since they don't even make the trip every season. This time through is crowded out by the Toronto hockey media machine's thirst for Brad Richards gossip. Richards answered some questions about where his mind is as he proceeds through a contract year with a team that can't afford to extend his contract.

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Does Toronto's alleged involvement pique his interest?

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"When the time comes, if that's an option, Toronto's always a No. 1 hockey destination. It would be great being a Canadian playing in Toronto, but we're not even close to that bridge yet. And like I said, I'm focused here. I have so much respect for Joe Nieuwendyk, and to even talk about other teams is not even close to being fair."

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Hockey rumor mongers are swarming, calling Richards to the Leafs "more likely by the day," though The Globe And Mail has a more realistic view.

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Of course, The Leafs don't really have anything to offer the Stars, save for a puck-moving defenceman who controls his own destiny thanks to the dreaded no-movement clause and some cap space.

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All Stars fans can do is wait out the race between the trade deadline and the sale process, but one positive about living in Dallas is that we are largely spared the typically ridiculous rumors.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.