You can add the New York Rangers to the list of teams reportedly interested in Brad Richards. According to Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News, the Rangers don't just want him, they are determined to land him.
In other trade-related news, the Daily News has learned that Sather is determined to land Dallas Stars center Brad Richards before tomorrow's 3p.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.
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.
I'm sure that almost every team in the NHL would be interested in Richards if the price is right. There is no word on what that price for Richard will be, and if the Stars are actually willing to move him at all. But his free agency is a legitimate concern for the Stars, considering there are other teams that are already confident they will be able to sign him.