Potential suitors for Richards

UPDATE: Below, we examine the long-term future of Brad Richards, but when it comes to his short-term future, it appears he may be riding the pine again when the Rangers face the Bruins on Saturday.

"#NYR Richards, Stralman, Staal, Clowe, and Powe all not practicing. Imagine that lineup stays same for Game 5," ESPN.com's Katie Strang tweeted Friday afternoon.

- Tom Carpenter


After news broke that New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was going to make Brad Richards a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game, speculation arose as to whether the Rangers would buy out Richards' contract this offseason. Richards isn't the player he once was, but if the Rangers do buy him out, there should be a healthy market for his services.