Joe Nieuwendyk was a helluva hockey player. His foray into management was met with glowing optimism, too. His dealings with the Pittsburgh Penguins this past week have many calling his thought process into question, though. If trading James Neal and Matt Niskanen for Alex Goligoski was Nieuwendyk’s Milbury moment, then the reported asking price for Brad Richards would appear to be his attempt at pulling a Jedi mind trick on the New York Rangers.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports
that Nieuwendyk told Rangers GM Glen Sather that the cost of Richards would be Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky, and Derek Stepan. That’s not only a decidedly steep price for a centre that’s currently out of action with post-concussion symptoms – it’d be a steep price for just about anyone not named Crosby or Ovechkin.

We hit the phones to investigate what, if any, other bounties Nieuwendyk had demanded in exchange for his prized UFA-to be. Here’s what our always reliable sources turned up…

  • Dallas trades Brad Richards to Toronto in exchange for a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame for Joe Nieuwendyk, 2007-08 Dion Phaneuf, and a swap of ticket revenues from the last six years.
  • In an effort to obtain that elusive centre, Washington would have to send Alex Ovechkin, Ted Leonsis, and the contents of Bruce Boudreau’s private ice cream freezer to Dallas for Brad Richards.
  • The Edmonton Oilers would be required to trade Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi, Jordan Eberle, and the Alberta oil sands to Dallas for Richards the rent-a-player.
  • With the playoffs not entirely out of sight, the New Jersey Devils would be asked to swap win/loss records as of January 1st with the Dallas Stars for Brad Richards.
  • We’re awaiting confirmation on this one, but a source familiar with the Canadian sports media landscape tells HOTH that Nieuwendyk offered Brad Richards to TSN as part of three-way deal in exchange for Michael Peca, Matthew Barnaby, a gag order on Pierre McGuire, and theScore reacquiring rights to NCAA March Madness.

That just about covers it, we’ll keep an eye on any other proposed asking prices for Brad Richards. In the meantime, keep theScore’s Trade Tracker open for the latest deals and rumours.