The Dallas Stars will not make an offer to leading scorer Brad Richards before free agency begins July 1 and are trying to trade his rights, GM Joe Nieuwendyk said Thursday.
"We have had talks with Brad throughout the year, and he's not going to sign with us unless we have the ownership situation resolved, and it doesn't look like that's going to happen by the start of free agency," Nieuwendyk said.
"So, while we could have discussions, it just doesn't make much sense right now. So we would like to see if we could get something for his rights and allow another team to have a chance to sign him, but a lot of that is up to Brad and his agent."
The 31-year-old center was one of the highest-paid players in the NHL last season at $7.8 million and has led the Stars in scoring the past two seasons. He has a full no-trade clause and would have to waive it to allow another team to negotiate with him -- and his agent, Toronto-based Pat Morris, said Richards would not readily do that.
"I'm not aware of another player in this situation who has waived his no-trade clause, and I think there is a reason for that," Morris said. "Accepting a move to another team creates an obligation, and you have to be pretty sure about that obligation. I think Brad has to do what's best for himself and keep his options open."