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NHL Trade Rumors: New York Rangers "Determined" To Land Brad Richards

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The NHL trade deadline arrives tomorrow and there's likely going to be a heavy dose of trade rumors between now and then. Such as this one: the New York Rangers are "determined" to acquire Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars, according to the NY Daily News

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In other trade-related news, the Daily News has learned that Sather is determined to land Dallas Stars center Brad Richards before tomorrow's 3 p.m. deadline, but still wants to do so on his terms, not surrendering key pieces of the core that John Tortorella said Saturday is on the "right road" toward Stanley Cup contention.

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Sather's negotiations with Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk are expected to continue right up until the deadline, with the Rangers keen, but not desperate, to add the 30-year-old All-Star whom they believe they would have a good chance of signing as a free agent in July if they fail to add him now. It is also clear that the Rangers feel they can stand pat if the price for Richards - or any other target between now and tomorrow - is too high.

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Richards, of course, will be a free agent at the end of the year and it's unlikely that the Stars will be able to retain him. I would expect to hear about other teams calling about Richards' availability as well in the coming 27 hours.

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