Stars center Brad Richards said he’ll be patient now that the season is over and he ponders the possibility of becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
“I’ll talk with my family and start figuring it out. It’s a little too early to kind of process,” Richards said Tuesday. “I have lots of time. There’s no deadline until obviously July. Lots of time to sit down and ponder what’s going to happen.”
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has said that he would like to re-sign Richards if the price is right and Richards would consider that, but he’s hesitant with the team’s ownership situation still unresolved.
“There’s been a little chatter but it’s always came back to if I am going to sign and there’s no ownership, I am still kind of hesitant. And there may not be ownership by the time I have to make a decision,” said Richards, who made $7.8 million this past season. “Right now there’s no rush, there’s nothing that’s pressing me. I am going to try to see what happens. If there is no change, it doesn’t mean I am leaving. I’ll have to make a different type of decision at that time. Right now it doesn’t look like it’s going to be in place but, like I said, there’s no deadline right now, so I can sit back. I am sure I will talk with Joe here in the next day or two and get a better idea. Then we’ll wait and see.”
Said Nieuwendyk: “We had discussions with Brad right up to the trade deadline and after. I think things got quiet, obviously, with him trying to get back playing. Our position hasn’t changed. We like Brad. I think when I look at the three years of work he’s done with the Dallas Stars, it’s pretty impressive. He’s an important player on our team. Our positional hasn’t changed at all. Obviously, it has to make sense for Brad and it also has to make sense for us as well going forward.”
Burish’s broken fibula
Stars forward Adam Burish said he was dealing with a broken fibula the last part of the season. Burish missed 11 games with the injury before finally playing the final two games of the season.
“It was crooked. It was snapped,” Burish said. “I was in the hyperbaric chamber every day. I was eating pills, doing whatever I can. Getting shots every game, taking pills just to practice. Slowly it just came together a little bit, good enough to play the last couple.”
Eriksson headed to World Championship
Stars forward Loui Eriksson said he has accepted an invitation to play for Sweden at the World Championship, which will be held April 29-May 15 in Slovakia.
“I just talked to them today and told them I would come,” Eriksson said. “I am looking forward to that, go play for your country. It’s going to be fun.”
Defenseman Alex Goligoski is considering an offer from the United States.
“For a while it was really painful. I could hardly walk, limping around. Guys on the bench would be laughing a little bit.”
Stars forward Adam Burish on dealing with his broken fibula
“I felt like the games I was out were always against some top end teams. We had that stretch in the middle of the year when we were in Philly, played Philly a couple times. … It could have been circumstance. We had some tough games. Other guys were hurt. It seemed like once one guy went down, a couple other key guys went down. It was more than just me. I don’t think I was the difference. I don’t think I was the reason or if we lose a game it’s because Adam’s not playing. I think that’s silly.”
Stars forward Adam Burish when asked about the team’s lackluster record when he wasn’t in the lineup this season