By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (July 1) - If Brad Richards does not end up with the Maple Leafs, it will be through no fault of the hockey club. That's what a very good source is telling me this morning. This person says the Leafs are trying to structure a deal that is near the upper end of the cap spectrum but not ridiculous in length.
I'm told the Rangers are more willing to offer a decade-long commitment to Richards.
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are also among teams bidding for Richards.
LEAFS ARE MAKING SOLID BID FOR BRAD RICHARDS, ACCORDING TO MY SOURCE.