Will center Danny Briere's spot in the Flyers' lineup be taken by Brad Richards?
The Flyers plan to buy out Briere, who has a $6.5 million salary-cap hit and two years remaining on his deal. A club source said the Flyers would "absolutely" be interested in Richards if the New York Rangers use a buyout to get his annual $6.67 million cap hit off the books.
Richards' contract runs through 2019-20. But he would become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign a new deal, if the Rangers buy him out.
Briere, one of the NHL's greatest playoff performers, has been slowed by injuries the last two seasons. When healthy, he is still a dangerous scorer. In fact, it wouldn't be shocking if the offensive-challenged Rangers pursued him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5.